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Ronald Anthony Zemaitis
Master Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
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From a contemporary press report:

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Ronald Anthony Zemaitis passed away March 17, 2001 at Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Born in Quantico, Virginia, in 1942, he resided in Virginia Beach for the past 24 years. He retired in 1986 from the U.S. Marine Corps after a successful career that spanned over 26 years, including four tours of duty in Vietnam and participation in conflicts in Grenada and Lebanon.

During his career, he was awarded three Navy Achievement medals, eight Marine Corps Good Conduct medals, and many campaign awards, ribbons, Letters of Commendation and Appreciation. More recently he retired from NOAA.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Zemaitis and brother Walter Jr. Survivors include his mother, Eugenia E. Zemaitis of Jacksonville, N.C.; his loving wife of 23 years, Marion M. Zemaitis; a daughter, Donnie Ann; four sons, Thomas, Robert, Kenneth and Brian; brothers, Robert and Michael; sisters, Beverly Choate and Carol Edmonson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends who cared for him.

A funeral will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel, by the Rev. Roderick McRae. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery on March 29 at 9 a.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services from 6 until 7 p.m.

RA Zemaitis Gravesite PHOTO
 Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006

Posted: 27 October 2001  Updated: 1 December 2004  Updated: 11 September 2005 Updated: 24 August 2006
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