Col. George Aldridge
Decorated in 3 wars
Retired Army Col. George W. Aldridge Jr., a decorated infantryman and pilot in three wars and planner and administrator for Queen Anne's County, died March 16 of cancer at his home in Chevy Chase, where he had lived since the mid-1980s.
Colonel Aldridge, who was 69, was born in Queenstown and was a graduate of Centreville High School. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was an air defense artilleryman who landed with the 1st Infantry Division at Normandy during World War II. After the war, he became a civilian employee of the Maryland National Guard and was commissioned as an officer in the guard.
During the Korean War, he commanded a mortar unit in the 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division. He stayed on after Korea and took flight training in helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. In 1962, he commanded a helicopter company in Vietnam.
His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, two Legion of Merit awards, 10 Air Medals and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.
After retiring from the Army in 1972, he moved back to the Eastern Shore and, according to his son, was the first planner and first administrator for Queen Anne's. From 1975 until 1981, he managed the Aspen Institute at Wye Plantation.
His marriages to the former Heather S. Allen and the former Joan H. Fleming ended in divorce.
He is survived by a son, Army Col. George W. Aldridge III of Fort Riley, Kan.; a sister, Helen Dill of Denton; and a grandson.
Services were held Wednesday.
James Gardner Sr.
James M. Gardner Sr., a retired right-of-way engineer for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland in Annapolis who headed state and national Masonic groups, died March 16 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center of a head injury he suffered in a fall on ice in January. The Annapolis resident was 71.
He retired from C&P in 1985. He started working for the company in 1942 as a telephone repairman. While at C&P, he was president of an employees credit union in Annapolis and of Local 2107 of the Communications Workers of America.
He had been grand commander of the Knights Templar in Maryland and at his death was treasurer of the Grand Commandery. He had also headed the state organization of the Royal Arch Masons.
Born in Chester, Mr. Gardner was a 1939 graduate of Stevensville High School and attended the Maryland Institute of Art before enlisting in the Army and serving in the Signal Corps with the 8th Armored Division in Europe during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, the former Jean E. German; a daughter, Melva Jean Slonin of Ocean View, Del.; and two grandchildren. A son, James M. Gardner Jr., died in 1987.
Services were held Saturday.
John F. Barry
Veteran of 3 wars
John F. Barry, a retired Army warrant officer and veteran of three wars, died March 18 of pulmonary complications at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 76.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in the North African, Italian, French and German Campaigns with the 8th Armored Division. He served with an infantry unit during the Korean War and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam before retiring in 1967 with the rank of chief warrant officer 3rd class.
His citations include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Army Commendation with Oak Leaf Clusters.
After leaving the Army, he went to work as general sales manager for the Berman Leasing Co., a truck leasing firm. He also worked for National Car Rental System Inc. and Lend Lease Truck Rental and Leasing before retiring a second time in the early 1980s.
He made his home for several years in Glen Burnie and Joppatowne.
Before joining the Army, Mr. Barry was a butcher for Miller Brothers and delivered milk with a horse-drawn wagon for the Scott Powell Milk Co. in Upper Darby, Pa.
His first marriage ended in divorce.
Survivors include his second wife, the former Jean Wiley of Atlantic City, N.J.,; three daughters, Patricia Lewis and Jacqueline Barry, both of Edgewood, and Sheila Hickman of Joppatowne; a stepson, John Davis of Philadelphia; a brother, Raymond J. Barry of Gettysburg; a sister, Grace Jackson of King of Prussia, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.
Services were held yesterday .
Martin G. Imbach Jr.
Martin George Imbach Jr., a retired engineer at the Navy's David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis, died March 13 of heart failure at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla. The former Annapolis resident was 72.
He moved to Florida in 1982 shortly after he retired from the center, where he had worked since 1963. His assignments had included testing of the Alvin deep-submersible craft.
Earlier, he was an engineer for Nortronics Inc., in Riverside, Calif.
Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School and earned an engineering degree at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.