Obituaries on both retired Army Lt. Col. Charles V. Graft Jr., and William P. Thomas, which appeared in Thursday's editions of The Post, omitted the cause of their deaths. Both Col. Graft, 59, a veteran of three wars, and Mr. Thomas, 45, a former special education teacher, died after heart attacks.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles V. Graft Jr., 59, an aviator and intelligence officer who was a veteran of three wars, died Saturday in his home in Springfield.
Col. Graft was a reconnaissance pilot for the the 71st Infantry Division in Europe during World War II, served in Korea during the conflict there, and was stationed in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.
His other foreign assignments included Japan and Germany. He was stationed here with the Army's combat development command when he retired in January 1972. His decorations included two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters.
He was a member of the Army Aviation Association of America.
Col. Graft had been active in scouting groups for many years, and was awarded the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver. He had been scoutmaster of Troop No. 859 at the Springfield Methodist Church for more than 10 years.
He was a native of Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, of Springfield; a daughter, Lynn Pope of Indianapolis; six sons, Charles V. III, of Indianapolis, Thomas, of Manassas, Jon, of Williamsburg, Rex, of Springfield, and Patrick and Rodrick, both of West Lafayette, Ind., and four grandchildren.