Henry Peyton Noland was born April 22, 1924 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Henry Peyton and Florence Lenora (Martin) Noland. He died on January 10, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia, where he and his wife had settled in the 1950s.
Known by Henry professionally and Peyton to family, he was attending Mississippi State College (now MSU) when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He left school to join the Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific as an electrician’s mate. After the war, he returned to Mississippi State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography in 1949. He took a job with the Department of Interior and moved to Washington, D.C., where he met another professional from Vicksburg: Miss Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” Brien. They married at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Bovina, Mississippi in 1950.
In 1951, Peyton was doing Graduate work at the University of Virginia when he was recalled to serve in the Korean War. He was commissioned a Lieutenant (junior grade) in 1952 and continued in the Naval Reserves after returning to work for the Federal Government. He retired from the Reserves in 1967 as a Lieutenant Commander. In 1988, he retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency, but was recalled to backfill an Air Force major deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He said of that recall: “I was the man behind the woman at the front – in contrast to my situation in World War II, when I myself was the man at the front.” He retired again upon her return, in June 1991, with 45 years’ service.
His wife of 62 years died in 2012. He is survived by a far-flung network of relatives, shipmates, schoolmates, and countless friends old and new.
Obituary written by his daughter in January 2015 using source materials from H.P. Noland's papers (including his resumé and a 1952 newspaper clipping)
Peyton Noland's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Peyton or other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #360774
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup K1-T16362C, FTDNA kit #360774
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Peyton: