The Below Obituary was in the Washington Post on Friday, 7 October 2005.
Colonel MacAskill died on September 29 2005.
As you all well remember, he was our leader in 1/5, 2/3, and 1/1 during our "Transplacement" years. I don't really remember landing in Vietnam in '63 with 2/3, (as the Obit says we did) but I remember being "afloat" for about 82 days in '64 (having landing rehearsals at sea off the coast of Vietnam).
MY best regards, Fitz W. M. Woodrow Col USMC (Ret)
Ross Morrison MacAskill Sr., 84, a retired Marine Corps Colonel who later owned an Executive Consulting firm in Washington, died of lymphoma Sept. 29 2005 at his home in Fort Belvoir.
He had lived in the Washington area for the past 35 years.
He was born in Des Moines and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Dubuque in Iowa. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in April 1942.
During World War II, he served as a platoon commander and company commander with the 1st Marine Division in the campaigns of North China, Guadalcanal, Tinian, Peleliu and Okinawa.
During the Korean War, he served as a battalion executive officer with the 1st Marine Division. He was the commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was the first Marine infantry battalion to land in Vietnam in 1963.
His other duty assignments included serving as commanding officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
He also was a Marine officer instructor at the University of Utah and had assignments at Marine Corps headquarters and with the undersecretary of defense.
His awards included the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal and
Presidential Unit Citation.
He received a master's degree in public administration from Ohio State University in 1949, a PhD in public administration from American University in 1952 and an LLB from LaSalle University in Chicago in 1958.
He also completed postdoctoral work at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1968, Col. MacAskill operated Ross MacAskill Associates in Washington until 1984.
He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and active in the leadership of The Fairfax retirement home. He was a 32nd-degree Mason (Home Lodge No. 370 in Des Moines) and a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Washington.
Col. MacAskill was also a charter member of the Pentagon Officers Athletic Association and was active in the handball club there.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helen Humke MacAskill of Fort Belvoir; three children, Ross MacAskill Jr. of Colorado Springs, Collin Anne Kerstetter of Iowa City and Mary Christine "Chris" Motley of Alexandria; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.