Samuel Edward Oots
Major, United States Marine Corps
of Kenneth Oots:
4 Aug 1934 - 7 May 1998
My father enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1952. He served as a Drill Instructor at Paris Island just before attending OCS in Quantico. He served two tours in Vietnam with Infantry units. The first was in 1968 as a Captain with G-2/26. The second tour, I think, was 1970 as an advisor. He retired in 1972.
His site in Arlington is section 54, Row 0, Site 4679.
He passed away on his sail boat in Fajardo
Puerto Ricco on May 7, 1998. After flying down there, I learned that his
body was donated to the medical school. I was also told that there
would be no remains to claim. I just found out this past May, almost
four years to the day that there were in fact some remains and the school
had buried them that week in a public cemetery. I flew down immediately,
had him exhumed, cremated and took him to Arlington. He was interned
there with Honors on June 27, 2002.
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 2 December 2004