Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2014
Colonel HARRY J. BACAS U.S. Army (Ret.) 1938 - 2014
On Thursday, September 25, 2014
Harry J. Bacas, Colonel, U.S.Army (Ret.) of
McLean, Virginia, passed away at Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born in 1938 to John H. and Doris Bacas, Harry
was a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate
of Anacostia High School 1957, where he
excelled in football and track. He was honored with
the A-Club award for best all-around student athlete
on graduation. He matriculated to Western
Maryland College, where he received a BA in
economics. He went on to earn an MBA at
Northwest Missouri State University.
Harry joined the U.S. Army in 1962, and served for
a distinguished 27 years. Harry held a variety of
command and staff positions, including the
completion of two combat tours as an Infantry
officer in the Vietnam War. Harry went on to be a
tactics instructor at the U.S.Army Command and
General Staff College, a battalion commander
in the 25th Infantry Division. He served two tours
as a senior officer in Korea and one with the
Army Staff in the Pentagon. His many military
decorations include two Legions of Merit, four
Bronze Stars with V for valor, the Purple Heart, the
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. At
the conclusion of his military career, he joined the Original Tax Center in
Washington, DC where he took on significant leadership responsibilities for more
than two decades. He served as the Vice President and General Manager of the
firm until the time of his passing.
Harry is survived by his loving wife Donna K. Bacas; daughter Brooke A. Waldron
and son-in-law Steven; son John H. Bacas; two granddaughters, Linleigh and Avery;
and a brother, Thomas J. Bacas, of Boca Raton, Florida.
Harry was well respected; much loved and will forever be remembered for his
bravery, determination, service to others, and his attitude to always do what is right
for self, family and community.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Murphy Funeral
Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046.
His funeral will be held on Friday, October 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Sophia Greek
Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th Street & Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington,
Interment, with military honors, will be held at a later date in Arlington National
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sprout Therapeutic Riding and
Education Center, PO Box 8, Aldie, Virginia, 20105 or St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox