Soldier Honored: Robert J. Zangas
Hometown: Level Green, PA
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Lt. Colonel Robert Zangas, 44, of Level Green, PA, was serving as a Department of the Army contractor with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, helping restore radio and television communications. As he and three others were returning to base from a women’s center in Karbala, they were ambushed and killed.
Born in Honolulu, HI, Lt. Col. Zangas graduated from the University of Colorado where he earned a degree in journalism. Following in his father’s footsteps, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and earned his naval aviation wings in 1984. Lt. Col. Zangas served in Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom as a part of the First Marine Expeditionary Force. After returning from Iraq in 2003, he began working as a public affairs officer with the CPA.
Lt. Col. Zangas was known as a gentle and affectionate man who always tried to spend quality time with his family. He left behind a wife, Brenda, and three children ages 10, 5, and 3.