Lt. Col. Howard Kirkpatrick Alberts, of Belle Monte, Green Springs, VA died Monday, October 5, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife Aline Markland Alberts, his father, Joseph Alberts of Aosta, Italy and Albertville, France, and his mother Jane Amelia Kirkpatrick Alberts of Jersey City, NJ.
He is survived by Russell Markland Alberts and his wife, Nancy of Portsmouth, VA, William Clyde Kirkpatrick Alberts and his wife, Linda of Belle Monte, Green Springs, VA, Robert Frank Downing Alberts and his wife Marlene of Upper Marlboro, MD, Katrine Kincannon Crow and her husband, Jim of Newport News, VA, Bettie Walker Holford and her husband, Ralph, nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Col. Alberts was born in 1922 in Washington, DC. He graduated with a BS in physics from Rutgers University in 1943 and he was commissioned in the Army and in the Marine Corps in 1943. He then became an instructor at the Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico, VA. During WW II, he was an Executive Officer, Marine Department on the USS Fall River CA 131 and as such was present at the hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, Operation Crossroads. At the behest of the Marine Corps, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with a BS in electrical engineering in 1948.
During the Korean War, Col. Alberts participated in the landings at Inchon as the company commander of the first division signal company and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign as a member of the 5th Marine Regiment. During the Vietnam War, he served with the special operations group of MACV. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1964, Col. Alberts worked in the defense industry as a signal intelligence specialist until he became head of a psycholinguistics/signal intelligence laboratory at the Syracuse University Research Laboratory. After retirement from SURL, he became a structural engineer for a Virginia Truss manufacturer and he authored two antenna maintenance manuals for the U.S. Navy.
The family will receive friends at Belle Monte on Friday, October 9, 2009 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.; and graveside services will be held at Belle Monte on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Woodward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.