"ONCE A MARINE, ALWAYS A MARINE,"
Edward Stallknecht, turned 100 years old January 27, 2013. The retired Marine was honored at his home by family, friends, and coworkers. Surrounded by more than 100 people, he smiled and greeted each person who approached him. There was a personal birthday wish from the Corps' top officer, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, as well as Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
"It is an honor and a pleasure to join your family, friends and brothers-in-arms in congratulating you on 100 years," said Amos in a letter to Stallknecht. "On behalf of all Marines, I extend the deepest gratitude for your service and fidelity. Happy Birthday and Best Wishes!"
Stallknecht, born in 1913, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1933. In 1936, the young Marine attained distinguished marksman and participated in numerous competitions and matches against military and civilian units. He rose through the enlisted ranks to sergeant major. His hard work and dedication earned him a commission to second lieutenant in 1948. Stallknecht once again climbed the through the ranks, and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1964 after 31 years of service to his beloved Corps.
Although his military career is noteworthy, his achievements after service do not shy in comparison. He and his late wife founded a real estate company bearing his name. He also served as director and president on the Prince William County Board of Realtors.
His daughter, Leslie Stallknecht, remembered the emphasis her father put on education. She attributed her decision to attend law school to her father's uniquely Marine persistence.
Mr. Stallknecht passed away on February 2, 2013