Retired Army Col. Robert Danahy Albro, 70, an armored officer who was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II and who later became inspector general of the Defense Intelligence Agency, died of cancer Tuesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Col. Albro, who was born in Newport, R.I., attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with the class of 1936. He was commissioned in the cavalry and during World War II served with the 3rd Armored Division in Europe. Among the campaigns in which he fought was the Battle of the Bulge, which ended with the defeat of the last major German offensive in the west.
After the war, Col. Albro graduated from the Command and General Staff School and the Army War College, served as an intelligence officer on the staff of the U.S. commander in Berlin and went to Thailand as chief of staff of the U.S. military assistance group there.
In 1960, he was stationed in Washington as director of foreign intelligence in the Department of the Army. His last post before retiring in 1966 was inspector general of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
His military decorations included the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
Col. Albro, who lived in Arlington, later worked for Technical Operations, Inc. in Alexandria and then, from about 1974 until his retirement last year, for the Forensic Science Foundation of Maryland in Rockville.
Survivors include his wife, the former Glenne Elise Vining, and a son, Thomas Cranston Albro II, both of Arlington; a daughter, Stephanie Albro Sherline of Falls Church; two sisters, Mrs. John Russell Barker of Marshfield, Mass., and Mrs. Steven W. Callaway of Porsmouth, R.I.; a brother, retired Army Col. Donald J. Albro of Palm Bay, Fla., and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of one's choice.