Colonel Nathaniel Alderman Jr. Obituary
Alderman, Nathaniel Jr. Colonel – US Army/retired (known to most as Nat) passed away March 9, 2020.
Born in Eunice, LA, in 1932, and raised in Pooler, GA, he graduated from Savannah High School in 1950, and attended Georgia Tech until 1952, when he enlisted in the US Army to support the Korean War. He graduated from the USA Command and General Staff College in 1966 and later completed civilian college with a BA degree from the University of Georgia System, Savannah, GA, in 1974.
In the Army, he first was trained and served as a high-speed Morse intercept operator. After receiving his commission, he served in operational and command positions in seven state-side facilities, including the Pentagon and NSA. He served overseas in Turkey, Alaskan Aleutian Islands, Germany and Vietnam, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1982. He was initially commissioned to serve in USA Combat Engineers from the Corp of Engineers Officer Candidate School, but served the majority of his 30 years specializing in Signals Intelligence, Signals Security, and Electronic Warfare. He enjoyed his contributions to each of these military functions, and all the Army comrades he met along the way, plus those from Joint Operations with the US Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy units and British, German and Vietnamese organizations. He felt honored to have these varied assignments and experiences. His military achievements include two awards of the Army Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, Army General Staff ID Badge, and two foreign awards, one being the RVN Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. Unit and service awards include, among others, the Presidential Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Berlin), National Defense Service Medal and two overseas Combat Service Bars.
After his assignment to MacDill Air Force Base in 1977, he lived in St. Petersburg, Florida with his best friend and loving wife, Janet, who predeceased him in 2019.. Loving survivors include five children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, collectively residing in MA, OR and AZ; all of whom have been supportive and a major influence during his military service and later retirement activities.
Internment with military honors will be at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10am.