Colonel Daniel F. Resendes passed away on November 17, 2016. He was born in Fall River, MA in 1926 and the son of Annie and Manuel Resendes. He was drafted from Harvard Law School and assigned to the infantry serving in the liberation of the Philippines. At the close of World War II, he served as a special agent for the War Crimes Commission during the investigation of experimental medical operations performed on seven American pilots at the University of Fukuoko, which resulted in being the basis for the book, “The Fallen”. Col. Resendes’ military career included tours of Korea, Portugal, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Vietnam serving as the Director of Counterintelligence Division (MACV). He graduated in 1962 from the Command and General Staff School, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and later was Regional Commander of the 3rd Counterintelligence Group, HI. He served as Defense Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. His last assignment prior to retirement was Director of Foreign Liaison at the Pentagon.
In addition to a notable military career, he was also instrumental in founding the Permanent Diaconate program for the Diocese of Arlington. In fact, he was the very first deacon ordained in the Diocese of Arlington, on October 5, 1974. In 2015, he celebrated 40 years as a permanent Deacon. He was asked to oversee the relocation of immigrants from the Vietnam conflict in conjunction with Catholic Charities. He continued studies for advanced degrees at Catholic University. In 1982, upon completion of studies from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, he received a Masters in Religious Education. In 1985, he completed course work for his Doctor of Philosophy in Religion.
He spent five years in the Diocese of Gallup, working as Vice Chancellor, director of the Sacred Heart Retreat Center, and Director of Religious education. During his years in the Diocese of Gallup, he developed a deep respect and love of the Navajo nation. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Elizabeth Wyche Resendes. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Secular Franciscans at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton, Virginia.
Col. Resendes is survived by a son, Daniel R. Resendes of Orlando, Florida and a daughter, Ann Resendes Gutierrez of Warrenton, Virginia. Four Grandchildren, Sabrina and Cameron Resendes of Orlando, Florida, Allessandra Gutierrez of Warrenton, Virginia, and Mauricio Gutierrez of Rainmaker, Costa Rica. The surviving four great-grandchildren are Daniel Dylan Resendes of Orlando, FL, Fellissimo and Maximilian Gannon of Warrenton, VA, Cassandra Mary Elizabeth and Victoria Daniela of Rain Maker, Costa Rica.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Diocese of Gallup for the Navajo Fund – Attn: Deacon Todd, 503 Route 66, Suite B, Gallup, NM 87301 – as well as to the School Endowment fund for St. John the Evangelist School, 271 Winchester Street in Warrenton, VA, 20186.
A viewing will be held at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016. A Funeral Mass is to be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.