Marine Corps. Col. Louis Gasparine Jr., 49, a Marine Corps pilot who was a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, died July 9 at the National Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington following a heart attack.
Col. Gasparine served two tours of duty in Vietnam, from 1964 to 1965, and again from 1969 to 1970. During these years he flew 200 combat missions in A4 and C123 airplanes.
At the time of his death, he was stationed at the Pentagon in the office of the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Naval Air Warfare.
Col. Gasparine was a native of West Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He enlisted in the Marines in 1953, received his commission later that year, and earned his aviator's wings in 1955.
His service included tours of duty in Japan and this country. He attended the Naval War College, was a member of the advanced amphibious study group at Quantico, and worked at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington during the early 1960.
Col. Gasparine was awarded the Legion of Metrit with combat "V", and the Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters. He also was awarded several Vietnamese decorations.
His first wife, Estelle died in 1972.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, and a daughter, Kelley, both of the home in Oakton; two other daughters, Kim Sullivan, of Falls Church, and Tracey Silva, of Hawaii; his mother Jennie A. Gasparin, and a sister, Geraldine Stuchell, both of the home in Oakton; two other daughters, Kim Sullivan of Falls Church, and Tracey Silva, of Hawaii; his mother, Jennie A. Gasparine, and a sister, Geraldine Stuchell, both of Titusville, Fla., and one grandchild.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Disease Research Foundation. CAPTION: Picture, COL. LOUIS GASPARINE JR.