Joseph Stanley Zachwieja Jr.

February 20, 1934May 27, 2014
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J.S. Zachwieja, Jr., 80, of Fairfield Harbour, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Grantsbrook Nursing Home in Grantsboro after a long illness.

Zach was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, PA. He entered the U.S. Army Infantry in 1951 and served combat tours in Korea and twice in Vietnam where he was awarded two purple hearts and a bronze star. From June 1960 to July 1961, with the 3rd infantry, he was the Platoon leader (Officer-in-Charge) of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. As a Lt. Col. he retired in 1972 after 21 years of service. He moved to New Bern (FFH) in 1987 to play golf and enjoy his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Patricia "Patty", elder daughter Theresa Cohen of Philadelphia, PA, son Stephen Joseph Zachwieja of Redmond, WA, daughter Alexa Hook of Chesapeake, VA, and seven grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, P.O. Box 1111, Hermitage, PA 16148


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 7, 2014

Joseph Stanley Zachwieja Jr.

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July 17, 2014

dear patty
my prayers are with you,
i do plan on coming to arlington.
tom and donna bone

Pat Varallo

May 31, 2014

Dear Patty,
My condolences to you and your family.
I will try to be in attendance at Arlington.

Ed and Jo Colburn

May 29, 2014

Patty and family,
We are saddened this morning to hear from Ed Jones about Zach passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with All of you during this difficult time.