- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 19, 2004

Ray Whitson, 95, retired colonel

Ray William Whitson, a retired colonel and decorated veteran of two wars, died Aug. 19 from cardiac arrest at the Jefferson Retirement Community in Arlington. He was 95. The eldest of six children, he was born with his twin, Roy, in Iola, Kan., Sept. 15, 1908. His family later moved close to Bartlesville, Okla.

While at the University of Oklahoma, he met his first wife, Corelia McCray, to whom he was married in 1934. They had a daughter and divorced in 1968.

After some work in the private sector, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and reported to the Army Industrial College for training. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, the class graduated early and Col. Whitson reported for duty in the Quartermaster Corps, serving in World War II.

After the war, he worked for the Department of Defense.

In 1952, he received orders to ship to Korea, where he assisted in shifting logistics responsibility from the Eighth Army to the Korean Communications Zone until 1953.

He retired from the U.S. Army in 1963, and subsequently worked as a consultant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gulf Oil Company, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, Federal Energy Agency (Department of Energy) and others. He retired in 1986. Col. Whitson was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in World War II and two Legions of Merit.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Emily P. Whitson of Arlington; his daughter, Donna Jane Asimont of Sunland, Calif.; and grandson Scott Asimont.

He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 13.

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