Col. George Marecek, of Fayetteville, NC, 88, passed away at his home on October 3, 2020.
He was born September 15, 1932, in Czechoslovakia, the son of Vaclav and Marta (Laushmann) Marecek.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife and children’s mother, Billye Marecek, and his wife, Hana Marecek.
Survivors include his three children, Susan Kirk, Michael Marecek and wife, Linda, both of OK, and Eva Marecek of KY; four grandchildren, Jeremy Fay and wife, Rebecca, Christopher Fay and wife, Sara, Cassie Adkins and Ronnie Marecek, and eight great grandchildren, Nathan, Cullen, Deklan, Elizabeth, Ethan, Elias, Ean, and Emma.
Col. Marecek joined the US Army in 1951 serving his country with pride for 35 years until retiring in 1986. He served as a green beret (Army Special Forces) during his career and was honored with numerous awards which include:
Army Service Ribbon//Overseas Service Ribbon//Korean Service Medal//Army Commendation Medal//Distinguished Flying Cross//Combat Infantry Badge//Silver Star//Bronze Star Medal//United States Service Medal//Air Medal//Pathfinder Badge//Korean Presidential Unit Commendation Medal//Purple Heart (2d Oak Leaf Cluster)//Legion of Merit (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)//Special Forces Tab//National Defense Service Medal//Master Parachute Badge//Vietnam Service Medal//Good Conduct Medal//Vietnam Campaign Medal//Distinguished Service Cross//Army Occupation Medal//Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal//Meritorious Unit Commendation//Presidential Unit Commendation//Combat Infantry Badge (2d Award)//Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm//,1 with Silver Star//Humanitarian Service Medal//Thailand Parachute Badge//with Fourragere//Master Joint Service Commendation Medal//NCO Professional Development Ribbon//Korean Meritorious Service Medal.
He will be remembered for his commitment to his country, family, and friends.
Col. Marecek will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
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