October 3, 1925 - July 31, 2013
Resided in Springfield, VA
LT. COL., U.S. MARINE CORPS (RETIRED)
OCTOBER 3, 1925 – JULY 31, 2013
Roy "Blitz" Krieger was born in Gregory, South Dakota to Adam and Katherine Krieger. After high school he farmed with his father on the family farm until his enlistment in the Marine Corps during WWII. He was soon promoted to Sergeant and later recommended for a commission. He attended the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA, was commissioned in 1948, and was assigned to the Fifth Platoon, Company A, The Fifth Basic Class. He served as a rifle platoon leader in the 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton and in Korea. Wounded in Korea, Roy was hospitalized in 1950-1951.
Roy was subsequently assigned to Camp Lejeune, NC, then Little Creek, VA and back to Camp Lejeune, NC as Company Commander and Embarkation Officer. He met the love of his life, Kathy, married her in 1954 and enjoyed 59 years of marital bliss. They had their first daughter, Kim, in 1955 while at Camp Lejeune. In 1957 they had a son, Kurt, while stationed at Parris Island, SC. In 1960 their daughter, Kathryn, was born in Norfolk, VA. Roy served as Company Commander and Assistant Division Embarkation Officer during this time.
In 1965 and 1966 Roy served in Vietnam and became the Embarkation Officer of the Third Marine Division. In 1966 he was assigned to a Joint Chiefs billet as Navy Plans Officer, G-4 Division, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC. Roy held this post until his retirement in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Roy proudly served in 3 wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam. His decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Star, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal (Europe), National Defense Service Medal with 1 Star, Korean Service Medal with 2 Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Star, United Nations Medal (Korea), Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and Vietnamese Campaign Medal.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Roy worked for various defense contractors in support of Marine Corps acquisitions programs in logistic engineering, thus completing 48 years of continuous, active and retired, service in and in support of the Marine Corps, until he retired in 1995.
Roy continued to serve the Marines as an active member and president of the 5th Basic Class. In 2010, on behalf of the 5th Basic Class, Roy designed, had constructed, and gave to the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center in Quantico, VA a granite memorial monument dedicated to the 5th Basic USMC Officers Basic Class of 1948. The monument was a tribute to the men who served (and some who died) in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Semper Fidelis. Kurt produced an excellent book documenting the event.
Roy lived in Springfield, VA for the past 47 years and served his community as President of the Civic Association, Head Usher for the Springfield United Methodist Church, Neighborhood Watch Volunteer, and avid softball player and scorekeeper. He loved to garden, growing extraordinary vegetables and roses at his home. His roses were so beautiful and plentiful that he supplied a dozen roses to each table in the high school cafeteria for a dinner. Roy gave a perfect rose to his daughters every time they came for a visit. He maintained the entrance gardens at his community subdivision. And for many decades, he mowed the church lawn and grew beautiful rose bushes at the church, which remain today.
Roy and Kathy educated their 3 children well, providing them with support to earn advanced degrees. Kathy worked as a Procurement Officer in Civil Service until her retirement, providing support for her children. Kim Cook, MD is a dermatologist. Kurt Krieger has a master's degree in computer science. Kathryn Broten has her master's degree in computer science engineering.
Roy and Kathy have enjoyed helping to raise their 3 grandchildren, Drew, Cole and Reed Krieger of Springfield, VA. They are proud and loving of their grandchildren, participating in their school, scout, church and baseball activities. Roy was honored to speak at Drew's middle school career day about his experiences in the Marine Corps.
Roy was happy to join his family and friends in Gregory, South Dakota in 2012. He and Kurt visited his one-room schoolhouse and the family farm where he was raised. Roy continued to read the Gregory Times Advocate from cover to cover each week until his passing.
Roy lived a wonderful 87 years. He was strong and independent, walking a mile each day until his hospitalization in June 2013. He drove his grandchildren home from school and carried his daughters' luggage (always a gentleman). Roy trimmed bushes for 9 hours just a week before his hospitalization. He even arm-wrestled his children (and won) a few days prior to his passing. Unfortunately, kidney stones and sepsis won the final battle.
Roy was an honorable, heroic, loving, giving, stoic, strong, selfless man. He was faithful to God, country, church, community, friends and family. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.
Roy is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, of 59 years and their three children Kim (Bill) Cook, MD, Kurt Krieger, and Kathryn (Tom) Broten. He has 3 grandchildren (Drew, Cole, and Reed Krieger). Roy is survived by 3 sisters (Doris Cirulis, Lois Oliver, and Wilma Halsey) and one brother Leo (Ardis) Krieger.
Viewing will be at 2pm Sunday August 11 at Springfield United Methodist Church (SUMC) 7047 Old Keene Mill Rd, Spfd, VA, followed by a service at 3:30 and reception. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors will be September 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: SUMC Memorial Fund.
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