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The Final Duty Station This forum is presented by Retired GySgt Bill Conroy. It is a listing of those that have received orders for their final duty station. These Marines have given their all. We now give our honor.

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Old 10-10-2005, 16:47
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Patrick Octavius Manser Birch, 76, Miami, FL

Patrick Octavius Manser Birch, 76, died in Miami on Sept. 28, 2005, due to complications of melanoma. A native of Tampa, FL, Patrick spent the first 12 years of his life living between Isle of Pines and Havana, Cuba, with his parents and 8 siblings. His family later left Cuba and came to Miami. Patrick graduated Gesu H.S. in 1947. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and six of his siblings, by volunteering to serve his country through military duty. He enlisted in the Florida State Guard, Florida National Guard, Navy Reserves and finally in the Marine Corps. As a Marine, he was a veteran of the Korean War. He went on to work for Western Electric and retired after 35 years. He was an active, life member of the Marine Corps League. His love of books, specifically language, theology and science lead him to teach himself to read, write and speak Hebrew, Portuguese and Latin. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Gloria Rossi Birch (Buffalo, NY); his six loving children, Patrick (Frances) of Miami, Maryann Perry Hanrahan (Warren) of Boca Raton, Barbara Gill (Rob) of St. Augustine, James (Cynthia) of Miami, Stephen of Tallahassee and Margaret Martin (Peter) of Doral; sister, Rose Birch Buckland of N. Miami Beach; sisters-in-law, Florence Foisy Birch of Miami and Grace Birch of Virginia; his 13 adoring grandchildren; his first great-grand-daughter born the day before his death; and over 100 nieces & nephews. Visitation will be on Sunday, Oct. 2nd from 5pm to 9pm at Bernardo Garcia Funeral Homes' Kendall Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be Monday, Oct. 3rd at St. Dominic's Catholic Church, 5909 NW 7th Street, Miami at 10am with burial and military honors to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, 11411 NW 25th Street, Miami. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Homes 12050 SW 117th Ave, Miami 305-232-1010 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.herald.com/obituaries.
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