AKA John Patrick Murtha, Jr.
Birthplace: New Martinsville, WV
Location of death: Arlington, VA
Cause of death: Complications of Surgery
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pennsylvania Congressman, 1974-2010
Military service: USMC (1952-55); USMC Reserve (1966-67); USMC (1966-67)
The first Vietnam war veteran elected to Congress, he represented Pennsylvania's 12th District for more than 35 years. He was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal of 1980, and was under federal investigation at the time of his death, for his questionable relationship with the now-defunct defense lobbyist PMA Group.
Father: John P. Murtha, Sr.
Wife: Joyce Bell (m. 10-Jun-1955, 3 children)
High School: Ramsay High School, Mount Pleasant, PA (1950)
University: Kiskiminetas Spring School
University: Washington and Jefferson College
University: BA Economics, University of Pittsburgh (1962)
University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
US Congressman, Pennsylvania 12th (1974-2010)
Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (1969-74)
American Legion Post 294, Johnstown, PA
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Bronze Star with combat "V"
International Security Leadership Award 1994
Purple Heart twice
Eagle Scout 1946
Abscam Scandal no charges filed
House Banking Scandal 10 overdrawn checks
Author of books:
From Vietnam to 9/11: On the Front Lines of National Security (2003, with John Plashal)
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