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GORLINSKY VICTOR W. GORLINSKY US Army (Retired) Victor W. Gorlinsky, 88 of Reston, VA died August 12, 2012 of cardiac arrest. Col. Gorlinsky joined the Arkansas National Guard in 1940. He was serving in Alaska at the outbreak of World War II. After graduation from Officer Candidate School (OCS) Ft. Monmouth, NJ, he entered the Signal Corps and served in England, France and Belgium. He also served in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. During the time of his first tour in Vietnam as a Military Assistance Advisor to the Vietnamese Army, the killing of the first two Americans M/Sgt. Chester Ovnand and Maj. Dale Buis occurred. His last assignment was Chief Communications Electronics, Defense Atomic Support Agency, Albuquerque, NM. After serving nearly 30 years in the military, on February 1, 1970, he retired from active duty. Col. Gorlinsky was a graduate of San Francisco State College. He was also a 1961 graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. In service to his country, Col. Gorlinsky received various military decorations. These decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Unit Emblem with Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star and one Silver Star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge. In civilian life, he held management positions with C&P Telephone Company, Washington, DC, the Satellite Business Systems, McLean, VA and MCI Telecommunications, Richardson, TX. He retired from his civilian career in December, 1988 at 75 years of age. In addition to being an avid amateur radio operator, he was a Fourth Degree Knight, held membership in the US Army Signal Corps OCS Association, 97th Battalion, ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio and was a life member of the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Blanche of Reston, VA; a daughter, Vicki; and three sons, David, Paul and Mark. His youngest daughter, Barbara predeceased him in 1976. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Eleven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren are his proud legacy. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. He is also survived by one sister, Ellen Hubbard of Russellville, AR. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, August 17, 2012, at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls, VA. Gravesite services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Arlington National Cemetery. Please assemble at the Administration Building, Arlington National Cemetery no later than 10:30 a.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 4, 2012
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