Nicholas Stephen Rahal, 87 – Natural Causes, Explorer Of The Seas Passenger, February 21, 2009, Time of Death is unknown.
Cruise ship passenger Nicholas Stephen Rahal, 87, from Litchfield, Connecticut was sailing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Explorer Of The Seas with his wife Gail when he passed away on February 21, 2009.
Reports say that Mr. Rahal died of natural causes.
Rahal graduated from Danbury High School in 1939 and in 1940 joined the Connecticut National Guard, Danbury Armory Battery D of the 192nd Field Artillery Battalion, part of the 43rd New England Division. He graduated from Officer Candidate and Communications School in 1942 and in 1943 joined the 36th Division of the Texas National Guard. Nicholas was part of the initial landing in Europe during WWII at Salerno, Italy.
He was captured by the Germans in 1944 at Monte Casino and was an OFLAG 64 POW in Poland. The German Army forced prisoners from OFLAG 64 to march from Poland to Germany in 1945. During this march, OFLAG 64 was liberated by the Russians and Rahal managed to escape both the German and Russian Armies.
In 1950, Rahal graduated from Columbia with a BS in Electrical Engineering. That same year his National Guard unit was reactivated during the Korean War.
In 1952, after the Korean War, Rahal went to work at the National Bureau of Standards. While employed there, in 1954 he received a joint patent for a Plating Thickness Indicator. He was then employed at Data Control Systems (DCS) as an Electronic Engineer from 1958 to 1983.
In 1978 he received his MBA degree from the University of Connecticut. Rahal left DCS in 1983 and started his own company, Infotronics, Inc. from which he retired in 2002.