Vicente Columna Obituary

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Vicente U. Columna

April 5, 1917 - March 14, 2014
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Major Vicente U. Columna of Greensboro, NC was born on April 5, 1917 in Buena Vista, Iloilo, Philippines. He died on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. Major Columna exemplified the fiber and backbone of America, coming to America as an immigrant, sharing the responsibility of defending his country and helping to promote the civil rights of its citizens. Vicente Columna began his career as a school teacher in the Philippines. Initially enlisted in the Phillipine Army where he was subsequently recruited by the U.S. Army to become a Philippine Scout and was deployed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The fighting continued until the...
Major Vicente U. Columna of Greensboro, NC was born on April 5, 1917 in Buena Vista, Iloilo, Philippines. He died on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. Major Columna exemplified the fiber and backbone of America, coming to America as an immigrant, sharing the responsibility of defending his country and helping to promote the civil rights of its citizens.

Vicente Columna began his career as a school teacher in the Philippines. Initially enlisted in the Phillipine Army where he was subsequently recruited by the U.S. Army to become a Philippine Scout and was deployed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The fighting continued until the fall of Bataan. Major Columna survived the Bataan Death March and was a prisoner of war for 2 ½ years. Major Columna's career in the US Army began as an enlisted man. He later received a field commission as an officer. Not only was he a vital participant of World War II, but he was also involved in the initial phase of the reconstruction of Japan. He was deployed twice during the Korean War and at the end of the war, he was assigned to instruct ordinance demolition at Aberdeen Proving Ground where he retired with 21 years of service. He began a second career at the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He became the Director of the EEOC Greensboro District Office and retired in 1990 at the age of 73

Vince was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Napies. He is survived by six sons, Vicente Jr., Richard, Arthur, Charles, Philip and Anthony Columna and three daughters, Alicia Takeguchi, Gina Columna, and Anne Marie Columna. In addition to his children, he is survived by 25 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a host of family members and friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 21, 1:00 p.m. at our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro with Father Eric Kowalski officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions may be made to the "Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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