Soldier Honored: Robert J. Zangas

2018-Robert J. Zangas
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lt. Col

U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Zangas, 44, of Level Green, Pennsylvania, was serving as a Department of the Army contractor with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, helping to restore radio and television communications.  As he and three others were returning to base from a women’s center in Karbala when they were ambushed and killed.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii Robert 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 and three children ages 10, 5, and 3.  Their daughter is a Folds of Honor scholarship recipient.

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