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Col. USMC (Retired)  

On June 28, 2013, peacefully in Alexandria, Virginia, at age 94. Born in 1919 in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to Edwin D. and Essie Mitchell, as the second of six children, he was raised in Decatur, Georgia, and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1941. He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps a month prior to Pearl Harbor and during the war served throughout the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal and Peleliu. He remained in the Marine Corps after World War II, and served as a battalion commander in Korea and a regimental commander in Vietnam before retiring in 1968, when he embarked on a second career as a civilian employee in the Office of the Secretary, and subsequently the Office of the Inspector General, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During that time, he was most proud of his service on the interagency task force for the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees. Following his retirement in 1994, he was an active volunteer for many years for several organizations, including Hospice of Northern Virginia (now Capital Caring) and the Capital Area Food Bank. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia, and by all of his siblings. He is survived by three sons, Stephen of Alexandria, Virginia, Robert of Spring City, Tennessee and David of Columbia, South Carolina; a daughter, Farrell Johnson of Seffner, Florida; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 15, 2013
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