James Duncan Currie

Army Officer

James Duncan Currie, 75, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, decorated infantry officer and veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, died of cancer Nov. 6 at his home in Alexandria.

Col. Currie, a Pennsylvania native, served as an enlisted man in the Marine Corps in World War II, participating in the battles of Midway and Saipan.

In 1948, he enlisted in the Army. He was sent to Korea and entered combat in the early days of the Korean War, serving with the 2nd Infantry Division.

Within weeks of arriving in Korea, he had received two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star.

He later volunteered as an aerial observer and flew 73 missions. His Korean medals came to include four Purple Hearts, two Air Medals and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He also received a battlefield commission.

Col. Currie later graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College, served a year in Vietnam as a senior adviser and taught counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare to recruits at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

In 1970, he retired from active military duty as a battalion commander with the 25th Infantry Division.

In 1971, he settled in the Washington area and joined what was then the Federal Protective Service.

He was assigned to the Defense Nuclear Agency until retiring altogether in 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kathleen R. Currie of Alexandria; three children, James D. Currie Jr. of Woodbridge and Robert J. Currie and Kathleen C. Thomson of Alexandria; two brothers, David T. Currie of Clayton, N.C., and Paul E. Currie of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Virginia Overly of Ocala, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Ernest Humphrey Daniel III

Budget Analyst

Ernest Humphrey Daniel III, 55, who joined the State Department in 1979 and was a senior legislative budget analyst when he retired in 1995, died of cancer Nov. 6 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Daniel was born in Bethesda and graduated from Maret School in 1962. He attended classes at area universities until joining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1970 as a management specialist.

He left NOAA in 1974 and spent five years in St. Louis with the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing a regional air-pollution study. He was an administrator with the U.S. Action Agency in Chicago for a year.

His hobbies included playing guitar and piano.

His marriage to Ann Daniel ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion of 20 years, Marilyn Richter of Bethesda; two daughters, Pamela Daniel Olliges and Rebecca Daniel, both of Gaithersburg; and a sister, Candy Daniel Howard of Gaithersburg.