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A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for Charles E. Kirkpatrick, the V Corps historian, who died Saturday following a lengthy illness. He was 57.

The service will take place at the Patrick Henry Village Chapel in Heidelberg, Germany.

Kirkpatrick, a North Carolina native, was a career Army air defense artillery officer who commanded air defense artillery batteries in Germany and served as an assistant professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

He was appointed V Corps historian in 1992.

“(Charles) Kirkpatrick documented corps operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania and Iraq, as well as how V Corps continually changed during the past decade,” Brig. Gen. Daniel A. Hahn, deputy V Corps commanding general, stated in a release.

“No one has worked harder at telling the V Corps story and making sure that the selfless service of the soldiers was not lost to posterity.”

Kirkpatrick, who resided in Kelkheim-Fischbach, is survived by his wife, Carol, and daughter, Celia.

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