Six sword bearers formed a guard of honor when Sgt. and Mrs. Phillip Robert Wirta left Ft. Myer Post Chapel after their marriage last Saturday. The Rev. William Sharp, rector emeritus of St. John's Church in Georgetown, assisted by the Rev. Peter Winterble, the present rector, united in marriage Eileen Burke Wilkinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Burke Wilkinson of Washngton, D.C., to the son of Mrs. Marvin Jenkins of Orange, Cal. and the late Phillip Wirta. A reception at Ft. Myer followed.
Mrs. Robert Blakely was matron of honor and Irene Walters, the maid of honor, accompanied by bridesmaids, Ann Winston Trawick and Patricia Chappell, of this area, Robin Ann Walther, Cambridge, Mass., and Marcelline Thompson, Swampscott, Mass. Lt. William E. Dahlberg, USCG, served as best man and the ushers were Philip W. Anderson, Roy Albin, Dennis E. Baker, Michael D. Desmond, Alan R. Counts, Stephen A. Zelinka, and the bride's brother, Charles Proctor Wilkinson. Heather French Elgin and Natasha Price were flower girls with Justin Parke as ring bearer.
Mrs. Writa graduated from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Cal. and also earned a degree from Santa Barbara School of Nursing. Sgt. Wirta is a member of the U.S. Army, First Corps Support Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The former Miss Wilkinson's father, a novelist and biographer, was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the Eisenhower Administration. Sgt. Wirta's father, also of the U.S. Army, was born in Finland and his stepfather, Lt. Col. Jenkins, is a retired Air Force officer.