Charles E. Preble Jr.

Charles E. Preble, Jr. Charles Preble, Jr. ANNANDALE, VA Col. Charles E. Preble, Jr. 90, the son of the late Charles E. and Elizabeth M. (Concannon) Preble formerly of Albion Street died October 26, 2013 at his home in Annandale, VA. Col Preble was born in Boston and graduated with Melrose High School Class of 1940. He enlisted as an Army private in 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in 1943. In World War II he served with the 91st Infantry Division in Italy. Postwar assignments included service in the 82d Airborne Division, the Infantry School faculty and the NATO Command in Turkey where he was stricken with acute poliomyelitis in 1953 (the year Dr. Salk discovered his vaccine). After 7 months of rehab in military hospitals he was returned to active duty for another 18 years. Post rehab assignments include Office of the Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon, US Army Command and General Staff College faculty, and Senior Military Advisor for the Armys think tank, the Research Analysis Corporation in Mclean, VA. He retired in 1972 as a deputy chief in the R&D directorate of the Army Material Command Headquarters. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Army Command and General Staff College. Upon retiring from the Army he served eighteen years as a middle manager for Control Data Corporation of Rockville, MD and Aiken Advanced Systems of Alexandria, Decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a Senior Paratrooper and an Army Aviator. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars, the Military Officers Assn of America, the Disabled American Veterans, the 82d Abn Div Assn and the National Eagle Scout Assn. He was Vice President of The Post Polio Society, a former President of the Camelot Civic Assn of Annandale, VA and a member of St Michaels Catholic Church for over 30 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 35 years, Mary (Walsh) Preble, formerly of Melrose. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret (Preble) Sansone and husband Paul of Virginia Beach, VA, a grandson, Timothy Preble Sansone, two step-children, six step-grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren. His first wife, Margaret (Edens) Preble, died in 1971 and a daughter, Mary, died in 1975. Funeral services will be held at the Army Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA on a date yet to be determined. Interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michaels Catholic Church, St. Michaels Lane, Annandale, VA 22003. |

Published in The Melrose Free Press from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 2013