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First Name: John

Last Name: Cash

Birthplace: Atlantic City, NJ, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Anthony

Date of Birth: 27 April 1936

Date of Death: 24 August 1998

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
John Anthony Cash, Sr.


John Anthony Cash, Sr.
Colonel, U.S. Army

John Anthony Cash was born on 27 April 1936 in Atlantic City, NJ.

A native of Atlantic City, he graduated from Rutgers University, where he also received a Master's degree in History. He received a second Master's degree, in Latin American Studies, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

In the early 1960s, Colonel Lee helped train Cuban Nationals for the abortive Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. He served as a company commander in South Vietnam during the war; as Defense Attaché in El Salvador and Brazil; and as an Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Colonel Cash, a resident of the Washington area off and on since the 1970s, retired in 1992 from the U.S. Center for Military History. He wrote two books, "Seven Firefights in Vietnam" and "The Exclusion of Black Soldiers from the Medal of Honor in World War II," and contributed to a third, "Black Soldier-White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea."

He also taught history at the U.S. Military Academy and at Morgan State University.

Death and Burial

Colonel John Anthony Cash died on 24 August 1998 at his home in Fort Washington. He had hypertension and a heart ailment. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

His marriage to Alice Cash ended in divorce. His second wife, Cathleen Cash, died in 1992. Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Julie Cash of Atlantic City and John A. Cash Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Martha E. White of Madison, WI; a brother; and a sister.

Honoree ID: 2320   Created by: MHOH




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