COL Michael J. Ford was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/23/2004 at the age of 56.5 from Cancer
Westborough, MA
Date of Birth 12/29/1947
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
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More detail on this person: Michael J Ford, 56 of Westboro Michael J. Ford, 56 Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) - Friday, June 25, 2004 WESTBORO Michael J. Ford, 56, of Westboro, died Wednesday, June 23, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves his wife of 35 years, Ann "Nan" (Griffin) Ford; three sons, Matthew J., Brendan M., and Patrick J. Ford, all of Westboro; two brothers, Daniel T. Ford of North Grafton and Paul F. Ford of Worcester; a sister, Ellen A. Bussone of Beverly, nephews and nieces. He was born in Worcester, son of Francis X. and Anne M. (Murphy) Ford, and has lived in Westboro since 1982. He graduated in 1965 from St. Peter's High School and in 1969 from the College of the Holy Cross, both in Worcester. Mr. Ford was commissioned a Second Lieut. in the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1969 and was designated a Naval Aviator June 1970. He flew 25 combat missions during a tour of duty in Vietnam. He continued his military service with the Marine Corps Reserves. In 1991, the Marine Reserve unit which he commanded as a Colonel was called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. In 1992 after the Gulf War, he retired from the Marine Corps. Michael Ford had a distinguished law enforcement career. He served as an Inspector/Team Leader with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service from 1975 to 1982, assigned to the New York Division. In 1982, he became a Special Agent in the Boston Office of the Inspector General's Office for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was the Lead Agent for federal program fraud and abuse investigations in the New England area. Mr. Ford retired from federal law enforcement in January 2001 and joined the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training as a Fraud Investigator for the Commonwealth. In April of this year, Mr. Ford was honored for his distinguished contributions to the United States Attorney's office. He was a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Church, the U.S. Marine Corps Retired Officers Association (MCROA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, an avid runner and a Little League baseball coach. Mr. Ford was a devoted follower of the Holy Cross Men's and Women's basketball programs. He most enjoyed family vacations in Maine and Annisquam. Calling hours at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, are Sunday, June 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westboro. After cremation, the private burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dr. Thomas Lynch Thoracic Oncology Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Charles River Plaza, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 or to the St. John's High School Scholarship Fund, 378 West Main St., Shrewsbury 01545.

Burial information: Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston, MA

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