Posted July 22, 2014
Robert "Bob" Hamilton, 57, passed away peacefully in his Franklin home early Friday morning, July 18, 2014. He had been the director of communications for Electric Boat for over eight years after a long and passionate career in journalism. He is survived and fondly remembered by his wife of 32 years, Kathryn; sons, Nicholas and Jonathan; daughter, Laura; daughter-in-law, Amber; his beloved grandchildren, Isaac and Kelsea; and loving dogs. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Christian Fellowship Church, 140 Pudding Hill Road, Route 97, Scotland, CT 06264. All are welcome to attend. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the Hamiltons request that donations be made to the CFC Scholarship Fund. For further details, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com. Published in The Day on July 22, 2014.
Posted June 30, 2014
Captain David D. Middleton, USN (Ret.), US Naval Academy Class of 1961, died June 20, 2014. Death resulted from massive trauma to his head from a fall while hiking on Little D'Arcy Island in Canada. During his career in the Navy, Dave commanded USS NATHAN HALE SSBN 623 (Blue) and Submarine Base Bangor Washington.
Services for Dave were held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Hillside Cemetery) in Bremerton, WA.
Condolences may be sent to:
4825 NW Francis Drive
Silverdale, WA 98383
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project or similar military support organizations.
Posted June 30, 2014
Vice Admiral Thomas J. Bigley, USN (Ret), 86, who died January 27, 2014, was buried with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, following a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:45 p.m. in The Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA.
Thomas Joseph Bigley, born in Everett, MA on September 16, 1927, was the son of Mary Burns Bigley and William Charles Bigley. Upon graduation from Everett High School in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy; entered the Naval Academy on a Fleet Appointment a year later; and graduated in June 1950. His first assignment was to USS ENGLISH (DD 696) followed by four submarines: USS AMBERJACK (SS 522), USS ATULE (SS 403), and USS TANG (SS 563), and as commanding officer of USS BREAM (SS 243). He served on three submarine staffs and in the Bureau of Naval Personnel. In 1965 he received a Master of Arts degree from the American University School of International Service. After assignment as Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations (1965-67), he attended the National War College; served (1968-70) as Commanding Officer of the USS SAMPSON (DDG-10); and returned to Washington as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Selected for Rear Admiral in 1972, his first "flag" assignment was Director East Asia Pacific Region, Office of the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs).
In February 1975 he assumed command of the Middle East Force in the Persian Gulf/Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean, during which time he was active in negotiations that resulted in the continued presence of the U.S. Navy in Bahrain. In 2004, he was presented the Bahrain Order-First Class in appreciation for his efforts in strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Promoted to Vice Admiral in 1976, he served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (1976-78); Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics (1978-79); Commander U. S. Second Fleet and NATO's Striking Fleet Atlantic (1979-81); and as Director for Plans and Policy (J-5), Joint Chiefs of Staff (1981-83). His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit (4); and the Navy Commendation Medal.
Retiring after 38 years in uniform, he joined Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd. as VP Navy Programs (1983-89) and Eastman Kodak Company Federal Systems Division in the Washington office as Manager, Navy Programs, and Director, Field Operations for Commercial & Government Systems (1989-1994). He was a member of the Navy Submarine League, Surface Navy Association, the U.S. Naval Academy and National War College Alumni Associations, and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He served as President of the American Bahraini Friendship Society and a Director Emeritus of the Navy League of the U.S. National Capital Council. Active for many years on the Sea Services Committee at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, he was also devoted to Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School.
Predeceased March 4, 2000 by his wife of nearly fifty years, Ann Harrington Bigley of Washington, DC; he is survived by his wife, Bela Block Bigley; his three daughters, Ann Bigley Robertson (James), Mary Bigley Jones (Gregg) and Katherine Bigley Christie (Stephen), five grandchildren and his sister, Jean Bigley Campbell.
Posted June 30, 2014
LCDR John P. Kennedy, U.S. Navy (Retired), 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on 21 May 2014. He joins his beloved wife Sally, who preceded him by two months. John was born on 29 August, 1939 in Quincy, Mass. He served 30 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring in February 1988. He then worked for Newport News Shipbuilding until 2002.
John proudly served his country as an Enlisted, Warrant, and then Commissioned Officer amassing multiple successes, awards, and friends. Tours of duty included Submarines; Bream, Bluegill, Sea Dog, Tench, Tenders; Hunley, Canopus, Frank Cable, and Shore Tours at POMFLANT, COMSUBRON 2, and COMSUBLANT.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Bream (SS-243) in 1959 and was a LCDR when he left the Navy.
John will be greatly missed and remembered by all his valued friends who showed support with their time, well wishes, and prayers. He leaves behind to cherish his memory; daughter Patty Ann, her husband Duane, and Grandson John Decker of St. Johns, FL.; sister Janice, her husband Peter Mariano and niece Pamela, and nephew Dominic of Canton, Mass.; beloved friends Sharon, Meagan, Kathryn, and Morgan of Newport News, VA; and Shipmates and Friends too numerous to list here.
Full military honors burial service will be at Arlington National cemetery at a future date to be determined.
Posted February 7, 2013
It with great sadness that we inform you Vice Admiral Michael Colley passed away on 19 January 2013. VADM Colley's health had been declining over the
past year and he was in the process of moving into a retirement home. The Admiral had an accident in his home and passed away from heart failure.
VADM Colley will be cremated and his remains will be interred in Arlington next to his wife, Arlen. Arrangements are still being finalized, but there will be a memorial service before the internment and a reception at the Army Navy Club. Letters of condolence can be sent to the family in care of Mrs. Allison Bollschweiler, 12022 Forrest Street, Thornton, CO 80241. Donations in lieu of flowers are recommended to the American Heart Association at this link: VADM Colley American Heart Association Memorial Page
Posted January 27, 2013
Captain David J. Taylor passed away peacefully on 27 January 2013 at his home in
Solana Beach, CA.
David was born in Oklahoma on 15 August 1926. His father was a poor sharecropper, and a victim of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The family moved to Washington State where David was raised. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, he was commissioned in the
U.S. Navy. He served his country honorably for 30 years, retiring as a Navy captain.
Highlights of Captain Taylor's career were command of the submarine, USS Tang (SS-563), Commander of submarine division 32, and command of the deep-draft oiler, USS Mispilion
(AO-105). He served his country well, and was successful by every measure.
David is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Zoe Taylor. He was buried on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at the Miramar National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. The Captain David J. Taylor, USN (Ret) Scholarship is being established.
Point of contact: Captain Bob Whitmire (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted January 14, 2013
The Naval Submarine League sadly reports the recent death of Marie Shaffer:
Marie Meigs Shaffer, 85, died January 3, after a short illness at her home in Annapolis. Marie was born in Albany New York, spending her youth in Cranford and Westfield, New Jersey. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1949 with a major in zoology and a minor in chemistry. She remained an active member of her class and served as Class Secretary for several years. Following graduation, she was employed by the Sloan-Kettering Foundation in leukemia research. She married Ensign Guy H. B. Shaffer USN in 1951 and went on to serve as a Navy Wife. While her husband was stationed at the US Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut, she obtained a Master's Degree in Library Science and served as an elementary school librarian for several years. This experience in working with young children was a source of satisfaction.
Marie was a founding member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Groton, Connecticut, and sang in the choir for many years. She maintained her membership in spite of home separations until her death.
Marie's lineage goes back to 1634, when the Meigs family emigrated from Weymouth England to Weymouth, MA. Col. Meigs served under Benedict Arnold during the American attack on Quebec during the Revolution. He is best remembered for leading an expedition against the British at Sag Harbor, Long Island that destroyed 12 British ships. He was a founding member of the Society of the Cincinnati and moved to Ohio following the Revolution. Col Meigs was subsequently appointed by President Washington as Ambassador to the Cherokee Indian Nation. One son was the first Governor of Ohio, and played a major role in the defense of the Northwest Territory, during the War of 1812. A later ancestor, General Montgomery Meigs, was Quartermaster General of the Union Army during the Civil War. He was responsible for designing a number of Buildings in Washington, including the Pension Building and the Washington Aqueduct. General Meigs was instrumental in the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery.
A victim of Poliomyelitis while her husband was stationed in Key West in 1954, Marie nevertheless enjoyed a full and productive life. She was an enthusiastic and skillful sailor, an inveterate reader and was recognized for her inquisitive mind and sense of humor. She enjoyed travel, both foreign and within the United States.
The Shaffer's moved to Annapolis in 1986 and in 2003 moved to their final home at Bay Woods of Annapolis. While at Bay Woods, Marie was the Chairman of the Library Committee, and a member of the Arbor and Dining Committees. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Rear Admiral Guy H. B. Shaffer USN (retired); and three children, Douglas of Woodbine, Craig of Denver, CO, and Caley Cantrell of Richmond, VA; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 14, at the United States Naval Academy Chapel. A reception will be held at Bay Woods,7101 Bay Front Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401 following the service. Disposition will be private at the USNA Columbarium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, MD 21401; or U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 291 Wood Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402. Online condolences can be made at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com.
Posted December 04, 2012
DAVID LAWRENCE HANNUM, 87, a 26 year resident of the Annapolis area, died November 10 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center after a series of hospitalizations during the months of October and November.
David was born April 22, 1925 in Cleveland. He entered the United States Navy in 1943. After completing submarine school in Groton, CT he served in the Pacific Theater during WWII on the USS Perch (SS-313), completing two war patrols and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 attaining the rank of Motor Machinist Second Class (MoMM2).
After the war he completed high school, married and moved to Decatur, GA where he worked as General Manager and President for the National Solvent Corporation of GA. Moving to Atlanta, he graduated from Georgia State College and the Atlanta Law School while working for CT Corporation System where he held various senior management positions ultimately retiring in 1986 after having served as President, Trademark Service Corporation, a subsidiary of CT.
He shared his passion for boating with his wife and was a member of the U.S. Power Squadrons for 35 years. He loved all things Navy and was a founding member of the Naval Academy Parents Club of Connecticut, Secretary for the Annapolis Council-Navy League of the United States, member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII and the Naval Submarine League. In his later years he rekindled his interest in military weaponry and became an avid collector of military side and shoulder arms. He was a member of the Lost Patrol and a member and past President of the New Providence Club. He was a Mason for over 60 years and a long-time member of Annapolis Lodge #89.
Survivors include his two sons Timothy L. Hannum of Middletown, CT and Douglas E. Hannum of Millersville, MD, two granddaughters Katherine H. Powell and Emily M. Hannum, and his beloved dog Diana.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Jane Fritz Hannum.
Inurnment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 424 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128.
Posted October 11, 2012
Captain Robert Hugh “Rocky” English, USN (Ret.), 67, husband of Judith L. English, died Sept. 30, 2012, at his home.
He was born Jan. 26, 1945, to Charles Hugh English, deceased, and Mildred Jolly English of Anderson, S.C. Rocky entered the U.S. Naval Academy after graduation from George Washington High School in Danville, Va. After graduating from the Academy in 1967, he completed Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a MBA in 1973. He served on the USS Daniel Webster, USS Puffer, USS Glenard P. Lipscomb, and served as the Director Officer Training Department at the Naval Submarine School. He served as the Captain of two nuclear submarines, the USS Finback and the USS Georgia. Rocky was authorized to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 3 gold stars, and the Meritorious Service Medal, among others. Upon retiring from active service with the U.S. Navy, Rocky was a consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and a V.P. of Raytheon Technical Services Division in Norfolk, Va.
In 2005, he and his wife retired to Clarksville, where he became active in the Clarksville Ruritan Club, serving on various committees including heading the scholarship program. He was a member of the Clarksville Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and the church treasurer. One of his greatest joys has been to mentor the Bluestone High School Robotics program. Rocky also served on the Board of Directors for the Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill.
In addition to his wife of 43 years, and his mother, Rocky is survived by his mother-in-law, Lolita A. Gaiser; his daughters, Katherine E. Waite and her husband Michael of Greensboro, N.C. and Rebecca R. English of Richmond, Va.; his sister Linda E. Manning of Hartwell, and his brother John C. English and his wife Beth of Suffolk, Va. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Claude E. Gaiser.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Clarksville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jim Moss officiating. Please consider memorial contributions in Rocky’s name to the Rocky English Memorial/Bluestone Robotics Fund c/o Benchmark Bank, P.O. Box 1824, Clarksville, VA or the Clarksville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 717, Clarksville, VA. Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.wclfh.com.
Posted October 4, 2012
On August 27, 2012, Ann W. High, passed away quietly of natural causes at age 78. She was born in Memphis, TN on December 25, 1933. Ann was preceded in death by her parents Julian Parker Williams and Juanita Greene, her husband, U.S. Navy Submarine Captain James Thomas High, Jr; her daughter Amy Ann High; and sister Juanita Williams. She is survived by sons james Thomas High, III, Robert Michael High; son-in-law Timothy Gale; and grandchild Maddy, Josh and Phoebe (children of Amy) and step-gradnchild Millie.
Ann attended Vanderbilt University where she met her husband. After her marriage, Ann followed her husband all over the country and focused on raising her family. In 1972, the family moved to Northern Virginia and Ann became a licensed Realtor.
In 1977, she formed her own brokerage firm, Ann High Associates, which was consistenlty among the top producers of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. A memorial Service for the Celebration of her life will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA, on Friday, October 26 at 11 a.m.
Posted September 25, 2012
Retired U.S. Navy Captain Arthur LaGrange Battson, Jr., 89, died peacefully in his sleep, September 14, 2012. He served his country for 30 years through three wars.
Art Battson was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, November 18, 1922, hours after his future wife was born on the same day in Letcher, South Dakota. He graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport at age 16. Too young to be admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy, Art attended Centenary College before transferring to the Academy in the fall of 1940 as part of the Class of ’44, which graduated in June of 1943.
He later said of his Academy years, “The most satisfying recollection was walking into Smoke Hall and hearing my name called for preference number five, which guaranteed me my first choice of duties: submarines!”
After training in Jacksonville, FL and New London, CT, Ensign Battson went into the submarine service in the Western Pacific in January 1944, where he saw intense combat action aboard the USS Gar during five of its war patrols.
When Art was enjoying refreshments at an officer’s club on Saipan in 1945, he caught sight of Army Lieutenant Rosaline Nelson entering the club with fellow nurses; Art commented to his friends, “That’s the gal I’m gonna marry.” They were married in Honolulu on August 30, 1946.
After World War II, Art served aboard the submarines USS Sterlet and USS Razorback. He returned to the Naval Academy in 1949 to teach several classes. He served as the executive officer aboard the submarine USS Ronquil in 1951 during the Korean War and as executive officer and navigational officer aboard the USS Redfish, which was one of the first non-nuclear submarines to dive beneath the polar ice cap in 1952.
Lieutenant Battson became the youngest commanding officer of a U.S. Navy vessel (and the first out of his USNA class) when he commanded the submarine USS Hammerhead in 1952. He later went on to command the USS Tilefish and USS Volador.
Back in San Diego, he became the executive officer of his first non-submarine, USS George Clymer, and later commanded the destroyer, USS Shields.
Now a Commander, Art went on staff at the Office of Naval Research in Washington, DC. He received his master’s degree from George Washington University in 1963. Promoted to Captain, Art moved his family back to Coronado, CA, where he commanded the transport ship, USS Bexar, which saw significant duty in Vietnam. He then went on staff at COMPHIBPAC at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado. He took over command of Amphibious Squadron 9; the USS Tripoli was his flagship.
With one son left at home, Art and family moved to Sasebo, Japan, where he served as chief of staff of Command Service Group Three. He ended his Navy career in San Diego as chief of staff at Pacific Fleet Training School in San Diego.
Captain Battson retired from the Navy on July 1, 1973.
After a short retirement, Art went to work for M. Rosenblatt & Son, a naval architect and marine engineering firm in San Diego, where he eventually became involved with the “yellow submarine” project, converting an old submarine, the USS Menhaden, for underwater combat testing. They did much of their work out of Keyport, WA and the clear waters around Nanaimo, British Columbia. It was when in Washington that he and his wife bought a small cabin in the woods by Lake Cushman, near Hoodsport, where the two of them often spent half of the year for the next 32 years enjoying hiking, golf.
He was an enthusiastic golfer, scoring four holes-in-one in his golfing career, and an avid bridge player. He and his wife did extensive volunteer work with Lutheran churches in the San Diego area and for Meals on Wheels. Art served as a volunteer at the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rosaline (“Roz”) Helen (Nelson) Battson, and his three sons: Arthur L. Battson, III (Kathy) of Goleta, CA; Richard J. Battson (Tracy) of Sacramento, CA; and Bradford L. Battson (Stacie) of Berkeley, CA. He also is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with military honors was held at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 9.
Posted Agust 20, 2012
Rear Admiral Robert W. McNitt, USN (Ret.), 97, died August 12 in Annapolis. Admiral McNitt was born July 29, 1915 to Robert Joseph and Dora Waring McNitt in Perth Amboy, NJ. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Perth Amboy High School and graduated in 1938.
After a year aboard the heavy cruiser CHICAGO (CA-29) and three years as chief engineer of the destroyer RHIND (DD-404), Admiral McNitt completed five successful WorldWar II war patrols as executive officer of the submarine BARB (SS-220), receiving two Silver Star medals. After obtaining an MS in mechanical engineering at MIT, he served as gunnery officer in the aircraft carrier MIDWAY (CVB-41) and helped design the Navy's first underwater atomic weapon at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. Commands at sea thereafter included the destroyer TAYLOR (DDE-468) during the Korean War, Destroyer Division 322 and Destroyer Squadron 25. Shore assignments included the Bureau of Ordnance Research Division, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Director, ASW Tactical School and the Naval Academy, where he was responsible for the academic program, led a major curriculum revision and recruited the first civilian academic dean to replace himself.
Admiral McNitt’s flag officer assignments were Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, CinC Allied Forces Mediterranean, and Commander NATO Submarines Mediterranean; Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Four; Superintendent Naval Postgraduate School, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal; and Assistant Deputy CNO (Manpower).
After his wife, Barbara MacMurray, died in 1971, Admiral McNitt retired from active service, was appointed Dean of Admissions at the Naval Academy and in 1973, married Patricia Hicks Miller. He retired after 13 years, having twice been awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal as Dean of Admissions. He was elected president of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, with responsibility for raising the money to build Alumni Hall. He was given the USNA Distinguished Graduate Award in 2003.
Admiral McNitt was a director of the Annapolis Bank and Trust Company; commodore of the U.S. Naval Sailing Association; president of the U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation; chairman of the Naval Academy Fales Committee; chairman of the National Sea Exploring Committee; and was a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America. He was elected to the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America Hall of Fame, and is the author of the book, Sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy. He played on the British Royal Navy Polo Team at Malta; and won 14 gold medals in race-walking and skiing in the Maryland Senior Olympics and Huntsman World Senior Games.
Admiral McNitt is survived by his brothers, James David McNitt of Naples, FL, Edward Waring McNitt of Portsmouth, NH and Douglas McNitt of Chagrin Falls, OH; children, Patricia Anne Miller of Sunnyvale, CA, Lane Miller of Philadelphia, PA, Peter Hicks Miller of Washington, DC, James Allerton McNitt of Annapolis, Robert Waring McNitt Jr. of Johnson City, TN, Hope Miller Heffelfinger of Edina, MN, Douglas Waring McNitt of Annapolis, MD and Katherine McNitt Jensen of St. Paul, MN; and ten grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22 at the U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel in Annapolis. Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
Posted Augsut 2, 2012
It with great sadness that I inform you that Mrs. Landess Kelso, devoted wife of ADM Frank B. Kelso II, passed away Friday. I know that your thoughts and prayers will be with the Admiral and his family as they
navigate this challenging time.
Services for Mrs. Kelso were yesterday morning in Fayetteville, TN and all of the Admiral's children were able to make it home to support him.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorials be given to the ADM Frank B. Kelso II Scholarship Fund c/o W. C. Askew, 114 Brookemeade Circle, Fayetteville, TN 37334, the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, TN, Rose Hill Cemetery Perpetual Trust Fund, P. O. Box 270, Fayetteville or a charity of your choice. Personal notes to the Admiral can be sent to his home at 102 Golf Drive, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
A copy of Mrs. Kelso's obituary is provided below.
Landess McCown Kelso, 77 years old, of Fayetteville, TN, passed away peacefully on July 27th.
The funeral service will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, July 31st at First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, TN. Rev. Tommy Ward will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 5:00pm-8:00 pm on Monday, July 30th at Higgins Funeral Home, Fayetteville, TN. Burial will follow the funeral at
Rose Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Higgins Funeral Home.
Landess was born in Fayetteville, TN on 28 July, 1934. She graduated from McClenaghan High School n Florence, SC, and continued on to receive and Associate's Degree from Columbia College, Columbia, SC.
Landess was married to Frank Kelso on 6 June 1956 in Florence, SC. They were married 56 wonderful years.
Landess worked as a Congressman's front office assistant for Mr. John L. McMillan of South Carolina for two years. She then raised four happy children as a devoted U.S. Navy Spouse. She was actively involved in many activities and charities associated with organizations in the U. S. Navy. She was the sponsor for the USS Tennessee, SSBN-734, a U.S. Navy Submarine. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, TN.
Landess is survived by her husband ADM Frank B. Kelso II USN Ret, her children Dr. Thomas B. Kelso II, MD, Ph.D., CAPT Robert Donald Kelso, USN, Mrs. Mary K. Kearns, and Mrs. Kerry K. Thomas, eight grandchildren, her brother Mr. George W. McCown Jr. of Chattanooga, TN and other family and
Landess is preceded in by her parents George and Mildred McCown and was a granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. L. Goodrich of Fayetteville, TN.
Posted July 30, 2012
Admiral Watkins was a native of California and a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Following initial sea duty on a destroyer he attended Submarine School in 1951 and was assigned to USS VOLADOR (SS 490) under the command of CDR Dennis Wilkinson. He was designated qualified in Submarines by his Division Commander, CAPT “Chick” Clarey and then selected by CDR Gene Fluckey to be Division Engineer. In 1955 he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received a Master’s Degree in 1958 upon graduation from the Reactor Engineering Course at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Upon completion of graduate school he was assigned as XO of USS BABERO (SSG 317). In 1960 he was selected for the nuclear power training program, going directly to the Schenectady, NY prototype, bypassing nuclear power school. He was then assigned to be XO of the new construction submarine USS SNOOK (SSN 592) under construction at Pascagoula, LA. After commissioning and shakedown of SNOOK, Admiral Watkins was selected by Admiral Rickover to serve as his Assistant for Selection, Education, and Training of personnel for duty in nuclear powered ships.
Selected for command in 1964, he requested reassignment to USS SNOOK, this time through the Windsor Locks prototype. While in SNOOK, Admiral Watkins was instrumental in completing the development of the “Water Boy” intercept package. In 1966 he was ordered on short notice to report as XO, USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9) via his third prototype in Idaho Falls, serving until 1969 including three deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin. Selected for Captain, he reported to BUPERS as the Director of Submarine Officer and Nuclear Trained Enlisted Personnel Distribution.
Selected for Flag Rank in 1971, Admiral Watkins’ initial assignment was the first Director of Enlisted Personnel. Subsequent Flag tours included COMCRUDESGRU ONE, Chief of Naval Personnel where he was instrumental in setting up the “all volunteer Navy” and “Sea Pay”, COMSIXTHFLT, VCNO, and CINCPACFLT. President Reagan selected him in June 1982 as the 22nd Chief of Naval Operations. As CNO, Admiral Watkins authored the first unclassified U. S. Maritime Strategy in 1986.
Retiring from the Navy in 1986, Admiral Watkins continued to serve our Nation as Chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (AIDS) Epidemic under President Reagan, Secretary of Energy under President George H. W. Bush, and Chairman of the U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy under President George W. Bush. He has been awarded five honorary doctorate degrees.
* From the 2002 NSL Banquet Program where he was honored as the first Distinguished Submariner
Posted July 27, 2012
SAVANNAH – Trilby Hewitt Duncan passed away peacefully at The Oaks Health Center on Monday, July 23, 2012. Trilby was born in Columbus, GA, on October 2, 1921, to Macon and Mayflower Gray Hewitt. She was raised in Forest City, NC, and, while attending kindergarten, met her future husband, Max Duncan. Trilby attended public schools in Forest City and graduated from Duke University in 1941 with a degree in History. Shortly thereafter, she became manager of her father's leather roller covering business and operated a much-needed war materials plant until late 1943.
On December 14, 1943, she married Navy Lieutenant Max Duncan and started a life of 30 years as an active duty Navy wife. She moved some 31 times and made homes in Panama, Arlington, VA, New London, CT, Newport, RI, Norfolk, VA, Key West, FL, Annapolis, MD, Pearl Harbor, HI, Charleston, SC, and finally settled in Annapolis, MD. She devoted many hours of service to the Navy Relief Society, Meals-on-Wheels, and Navy Submarine Wives Clubs. Trilby was an accomplished flower arranger, winning many Federated State Awards at flower shows. She also was an active participant in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana International, the Japanese art of flower arranging.
When Max retired from the Navy in 1972, he and Trilby designed and built their home in Annapolis, MD, where they lived for the next 33 years. During that period, they traveled most of the world, with emphasis on Europe and Asia. In 2005, Trilby and Max moved to Savannah and live at The Marshes of Skidaway Island, a retirement community. During these years, they spent many wonderful vacation trips with the family in the mountains and on the beaches. In the past few years, during the Thanksgiving/Christmas seasons, they have made annual cruises to the Caribbean with all four generations of their family.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Captain Max C. Duncan USN (Ret), her daughter, Trilby D. (Tibby) Llewellyn, her son-in-law, Jonathan F. Llewellyn, her two granddaughters, Cristy Llewellyn Lawrence and Catherine S. Llewellyn, Cristy's husband, Brian Lawrence, and two great grandchildren, Carson and Caroline Lawrence.
Her family members extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Oaks Health Center and especially to Pattie Murphy for her loving care and her devotion to Trilby.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church on Friday, July 27, 2012, at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. Inurnment will be later in the summer in the Columbarium at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411, or the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 247 King George ST, Annapolis, MD 21402.
Posted July 13, 2012
BISHOP, ALNORA PIERCE January 26, 1920 to July 13, 2012 Alnora Pierce Bishop passed peacefully at home as a result of pneumonia, with family members present. Born in Portland Oregon to Delos Charles Pierce and Jessie Ann Pierce, she graduated from Oregon State University with a Masters in Math and taught high school in Oregon until World War II. She served as an Ensign USNR in the Office of Naval Research where she met and married USN submarine officer Charles B. Bishop. Changing from naval to family duty, she helped raise Peter, Kathy, David, and Tom (together with a series of entertaining dogs). Alnora moved the family coast to coast, and returned to teaching once all the kids were in school. She received a Masters at Gallaudet College, taught the hearing impaired in D.C, L.A and San Diego, and was the consummate Navy wife - entertaining, volunteering for support groups and committees. Memorial Mass on July 24th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Church in Point Loma.
Posted July 11, 2012
On July 6, 2012, a true "Memphis Bell", Linda D. Knudsen passed away after 89 years of a storied life. She was born May 20, 1923 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the wife of John T. Knudsen "Jack". She met Jack in Hollywood, he a young Navy lieutenant out of Long Beach, CA. They were married November 9, 1946. As a "Navy Wife" and mother, she called on her faith to manage the constant moves and five children, four boys and one girl. She taught the meaning of friendship and selflessness to others and by the time Jack retired in McLean, VA in 1965 she had all her wealth in her faith, family, and friends.
Linda is survived by her husband John T. Knudsen of McLean, VA, daughter Karen S. Knudsen of Coronado, CA, son Michael B. Knudsen of McLean, VA, son Mark Eric Knudsen of Great Falls, VA, son John Kevin Knudsen of Falls Church, VA, and son Peter B. Knudsen of Leesburg, VA; brother Roy F. Deaton of Metairie LA, and sister Patricia Ann Wilson of Excelsior Springs, MO. Linda had 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A ceremony will be planned in the future. Instead of flowers, please make contributions to your favorite charity in her name.
Posted June 28, 2012
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Cameron J. Miller, son of Frank and Alice Miller, the 2007 Naval Submarine League Distinguished Civilian Awardee. Cam passed away unexpectedly on June 25, following complications associated with leukemia.
Cam was raised in Virginia and attended college at Washington & Lee University, where he met and began dating Katherine Perry of Birmingham. He began law school in Pennsylvania, but, wanting to be nearer Katherine, he transferred to the University of Alabama School of Law, where he excelled.
Cam joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in September 2011. He brought energy and intellect to every legal matter on which he worked, and he displayed skill and ability as a lawyer well beyond his years. Just as importantly, he exhibited integrity, humility and patience toward everyone with whom he worked. He was unfailingly kind and generous, and was always genial and quick with a smile and a joke.
Cam also touched the lives of many in the Birmingham area through his community involvement. He brought his love of lacrosse – which he had played in college – and civic mindedness to Birmingham, where he coached seventh and eighth graders in the Greater Birmingham Lacrosse League. His fellow coaches admired his enthusiasm for the game and outgoing nature. He was an outstanding role model for the boys on his team.
Cam was a uniquely gifted young man who lived his life joyfully, and who was called home far too soon. The League expresses our deepest sympathy to the families who mourn his loss.
Posted March 22, 2012
Rear Admiral Thomas Witherspoon Evans, United States Navy (Retired)
RADM Tom Evans, USN (Ret) of Arlington, VA, passed away on May 15, 2012, at the age of 75. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he attended and graduated from Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana and then entered Rice University through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program in 1954. He graduated and was commissioned as a naval officer in 1959, having earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. During his time in the Navy, he served on the USS SCORPION (SSN-589), the USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN-624), as an Executive Officer on the USS GATO (SSN-615) and as a Commanding Officer on USS BATFISH (SSN-681). Rear Admiral Evans served as Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron FOUR in Charleston, South Carolina from 1978 until April 1979. In 1985, he reported to the Naval Sea Systems Command as Deputy Commander for Anti-submarine and Undersea Warfare Programs. Upon his appointment in 1990 as Deputy Commander (Submarines), Naval Sea Systems Command, he assumed responsibilities for new construction, overhaul, conversion, decommissioning and hull recycling programs for the Navy's nuclear submarine fleet, serving in that post until his retirement. He retired in July 1992, after serving 33 years in the Navy.
In addition to the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Rear Admiral Evans' military decorations include the Legion of Merit (six awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation (three awards) and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards). After retiring from the Navy, he was appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Department of Energy. He became the first Technical Personnel Program Coordinator in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration. On the occasion of his retirement from the Federal Civil Service in April 1999, he was awarded the Department of Energy Bronze Medal for Exceptional Service by the Secretary of Energy.
Rear Admiral Evans was a technical advisor on submarine historical, operational and technical subjects for literary and television documentary projects. He conducted the Navy's technical review of the screenplay for The Hunt for Red October (1990). Rear Admiral Evans served on the board of directors of the Naval Historical Foundation, where he served as Executive Secretary. He was an editor of The Submarine Review, which is published quarterly by the Naval Submarine League. He was a volunteer Maritime History Associate Curator and Research Specialist with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and was a charter member of their Maritime Commerce Advisory Board, which was a key factor in raising several million dollars to completely overhaul and update the Museum's Maritime History Hall.
Rear Admiral Evans was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. John Evans. He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Dorothy C. Evans; daughter, Carolyn Renteria of New Jersey and brother, George Evans of Honolulu, Hawaii. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Road, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
The funeral service for RADM Tom Evans will be held at 11am on Thursday 4-October, at Arlington National Cemetery, in the Old Post Chapel. If you plan to attend, it is suggested that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the service.
A reception will be held following the ceremony at the Fort Myers Officer's Club.
Please forward to any other friends who might be interested, and let us know if you will be able to attend (so we can get an accurate count for the reception - thanks)
Posted March 22, 2012
CAPT Hugh M. Doherty, USN (Ret)
Hugh M. Doherty, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, died following a long illness on May 20, 2012, at home in Arlington, VA, surrounded by his family. Captain Doherty was born in Medford, MA. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1965. His sea duty was spent in five submarines, and he was Commanding Officer of the USS Sand Lance (SSN 660). His decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired from the Navy in 1989. He was the son of the late Owen and Madeline Doherty and brother of the late Sheila Doherty. Survivors include his devoted wife of 45 years, Mary Pierce Doherty; his son Sean and wife Suzanne, his son Matthew and wife Kate, and his son Timothy and wife Jane; two brothers, John and Kevin; and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 10am at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St., SE, Washington, DC. Internment will occur later this Summer at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Captain Hugh Doherty, in honor of his grandson Finn Doherty, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481.
Posted March 22, 2012
CAPT George R. Fister, USN (Ret)
George was born to Franklin George Fister and Avon Watson Fister in Ogden Utah, May 22, 1940. He was raised with his sisters Jodi and Rebecca and his brother Jon in Ogden, until the age of 6 when Frank’s job took the family to Tulsa Oklahoma. George graduated in 1958 from Tulsa Central High School and spent the subsequent summer as a roughneck on an oilrig.
In 1959, after one year at Tulsa University, George received and accepted a political appointment to the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis MD, where he was a member of the fencing team, a participation that directly lead to his meeting and ultimate betrothal to Judith Anne Callahan of Baltimore, MD. After his graduation from USNA in 1963, George and Judith married and would have celebrated 49 years of marriage on June 9, 2012.
With Judith, George had three children; George Jr., Joel Morris and Ashley Anne; and subsequently has four Grandchildren; Madison Denise, Avery Anne, Brody Morris and Catherine Marie.
George’s living testimony, the friends who remember him fondly, the people whose lives and careers he touched spreads from his home in Fairfax, Virginia to every corner of the globe. His personal and professional endeavors have introduced him to a broad pantheon of personalities, of whom, he was certainly one. Most people recall his sense of humor, his ready smile, and his willingness to lend a hand when needed.
Professionally, George’s military career saw him earn a number of medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons including: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award and the Golden Anchor Award.
But in the end, it was his family life that bears witness to the man he cumulatively became: “Pops.” George was the head of a broad household; an extended family that adopted as its own the people it loved and who in turn loved him, looked up to him and admired him. His absence is a dread bolt running silent, running deep and piercing the heart of those who remember him.
Posted March 22, 2012
Gerald F. Bocian, July 12, 1925 - November 30, 2011
Gerald F. Bocian, age "I'm 86 today", passed away in Muskegon, Wednesday evening following a long illness. He was born on July 12, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Berenice (Koch) Bocian. Jerry was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, serving aboard the USS Silversides. Following the war, he played professional baseball with minor league teams associated with the New York Yankees. Jerry was a pilot, an avid bowler, traveler and golfer. He was a life member of VFW Post 3195 and the Knights of Columbus Council 706. Most of his adult working life was spent in the interstate trucking industry; he was co-owner of the Chicago-Miami Terminals. He married the former Kay Homoly in Muskegon on May 29, 1993. Jerry is survived by his wife, Kay; eight children, Christine (Marvin) Lanzel, Paul Bocian, Donna Saculla (Mark Dahme), Garry Bocian, Janine (Thomas) Harder, Christine (Bernie) Wade, Rick (Debra) Homoly and Cindi Kirchenbauer (Scott Hegbloom); 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Dolores Lapota, Colette Buis and Alice (Robert) Stake. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bernadine and a son, Neil. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Muskegon, MI, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Rev. Fr. Anthony Britto presiding. Military Rites will be held under the auspices of VFW Post 3195 Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at The Lee Chapel Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. 6291 S. Harvey St. Norton Shores, MI 5 to 8 p.m., Monday. Memorial Contributions to Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, USS Silversides.
Posted May 22, 2012
ETERNAL PATROL NOTICE FOR JOHN WYNN
John I. Wynn departed on eternal patrol on May 12, 2012, after a long illness. He was born in Camden, N.J., on June 16, 1941, to Burrell I. Wynn and Elizabeth (Haines) Wynn. John grew up in Haddonfield, N.J., and spent summers in Ocean City, N.J., working with his father on charter fishing boats.
John became fascinated with submarines at an early age. After graduating from Haddonfield High School, he joined the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Submarine School in Groton in 1958. He subsequently qualified in submarines on the USS TENCH (SS 417) in 1960, serving as a sonarman. John also servedonboard the USS CONGER (SS 477) USS TUSK (SS 426), and USS SAILFISH (SS 572), as well as serving as an instructor while in San Diego. He left the Sub Force as an STS1(SS).John went on to work on defense projects at Raytheon, until pursuing his second passion, teaching. He became an instructor and ultimately school director for Sylvania Technical Schools in Boston, then Philadelphia. He later took a position as a field nuclear service technician with Picker Corp., for 23 years, working out of Philadelphia and later New York.
John retired in Connecticut in 1997 and ultimately returned to his first interest by becoming a Life member of USSVI Grotn Base. He was also inducted into the prestigious Holland Club in 2010, commemorating 50 years of being qualified in submarines. John served on a number of Subvets committees over the years, including USSVI National Archivist, and the Groton Base Anniversary and the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Sub School students. But his proudest accomplishment was working to obtain valuable submarine history and documentation for St. Mary's Submarine Museum in St. Marys, Ga. For this accomplishment, he was awarded the Ben Bastura Award in 2011. John also worked closely with the USS Torsk volunteers in Baltimore, Md., over several years. in the restoration of the World War II sub at the Baltimore Maritime Museum. He spent many enjoyable weekends with friends, family, and associates working with the "Torsk Bandits" refurbishing the sonar shack.
John is survived by his wife and best friend, Ethel (Lynn), whom he married on June 25, 1977. He is also survived by sons, Gregory Wynn of Columbia, Md., David Wynn and his wife, Debbie, of Aston, Pa.; and daughter, Julie DelRe of Frisco, Texas. In addition he leaves five grandchildren, Erika, Jennifer, and Kirsten Wynn, Kyle Clark and Zachary Cross. He was preceeded in passing by his first wife, Barbara J. Kronfelt of Belmont, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the US Subvets Building Fund, c/o Tom Connors, 40 School St., Groton, CT 06340 or the Torsk Volunteer Association, 5171 Columbia Road, Columbia, MD 21044.
Lynn would like to create a pictorial memorial of John for the visiting hours. If you have any photos of John that you would like to include in this pictorial display please send them to John Carcioppolo at email@example.com.
Posted April 26, 2012
CAPT WALTER B. HUBBELL, USN (Ret)
WALTER B. HUBBELL Captain, USN (Ret) Following a courageous battle to recover from a tragic fall last year, Walter was compassionately granted eternal peace April 13, 2012. Walter departed this life at home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Marlese Hubbell. A hero and inspiration to his surviving children, John Hubbell (Nancy), Judy Henry (Greg) and Anna Koropchak (Philip). His loving grandchildren, Jack, Grace, Nick, Maddie and Kayla. His sisters Mary Petersen of Wichita, KS, Lucy Berry of Tulsa, OK and brother John Hubbell of Kent. OH. He is preceded in death by his son, David Lee Hubbell, parents Clarence and Nancy Hubbell, brothers Paul, Clarence, Joe and sister Jessie Scaggs.
Walter was born February 18, 1929 in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Navy July 11, 1946. He advanced to signal man, third class, on the Kearsarge (CV33) before entering the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1953. As a Midshipman, Walter earned the honor of All American playing defense for the 1953 USNA Lacrosse team. He served on the USS Logan (APA 196) and the submarines USS Sea Leopard (SS 483), USS Barbero (SSG 317), USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN 602), USS Sailfish (SS 572) and commanded USS Corporal (SS 346). Walter also served as Director of Tactics, at Submarine School and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces before serving as Chief Staff Officer on Submarine Squadron 14 in Holy Loch, Scotland. He served in J5 Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff before retiring in November 1976.
After retiring, Walter attended George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA, earning a degree in nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse. He worked for Arlington Hospital (VHC) and Alexandria Hospital (INOVA) for fifteen years. He delighted in playing softball with the Northern Virginia Senior Softball Association until he was 75 years of age.
A memorial service in Walter's honor will be held at 11 a.m., May 5, 2012 at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22308. A burial with full military honors will be held for Captain Hubbell at Arlington National Cemetery (date not yet confirmed). In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request donations in Walter's memory be made to Capital Caring Hospice on line www.capitalcaring.org or mailed to Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Ct., Falls Church, VA 22042. On line condolences may be left at www.funeralchoices.com
Posted April 23, 2012
HMCM (SS) WILLIAM R. (“DOC”) CHARETTE, USN (Ret)
LAKE WALES, FL - William “Doc” Charette, 79, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012 due to complications of surgery.
He was born and raised in Ludington, Michigan. Master Chief Charette served at the Naval Hospital in Charleston; SC; Fleet Marine Force, 1st Marine Division, Korea; USS Quillback (SS424); USS Triton (SSN586), Fleet Ballistic Missile Training Center, Charleston, SC; USS Daniel Webster (SSBN626); Naval Hospital, Orlando, FL; USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN646); and at the Recruit Dispensary, Orlando, FL. He retired from the Navy on April 1, 1977.
While serving as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines in Korea in March of 1953, he was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 12, 1954. (Citation below)
In May of 1958, while on board the USS Canberra (CAG2), he made the final selection on the World War II Unknown Soldier, now buried in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 30, 1999, the Charette Health Care Center in Portsmouth, VA was dedicated in his honor. It is recognized as the flagship hospital for the East Coast. He is a member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Korean War Veterans Association, William R. Charette Chapter 158, Elks Lodge 1974, V.F.W. Lodge in Lake Wales, FL, USS Sea Peachers Association, Fleet Reserve Association in Charleston, SC, Florida Chief Petty Officer Association and many other charitable organizations.
He is preceded in death by his son, William “Billy” Charette. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Louise Fraiser Charette; children, Margaret A. Henderson, Kathryn M. Donovan, Laura L. Bennett and Michael R. Charette; beloved sister, Margaret "Peggy" Ezdebski; brothers-in-law, Bill and Stewart Fraiser; and five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. For those who wish, donations may be made to The Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point (Post Office Box 309, Mount Pleasant, SC 19465). Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.
William R. Charette
Rank and Organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman serving with a Marine rifle company
Place and Date: Korea, 27 March 1953
Entered service at: Ludington, Michigan
Birth: Ludington, Michigan
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
Posted March 22, 2012
VADM Shannon D. Cramer, Jr., USN (Ret)
Vice Admiral Shannon D. Cramer,Jr., formerly of Clemson, SC, passed away at his home in Washington, DC, surrounded by family on February 15, 2012. He was born on September 18, 1921 in Washington, DC and attended Central High School in Washington, DC where he excelled at football, was named to the National Honor Society and was the President of his graduating class of 1939. He skipped one year in high school and attended Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, New Jersey to prepare for his entrance to the United States Naval Academy and graduated early, after only two years and nine months, on June 9, 1943. and was commissioned an Ensign.
Admiral Cramer served aboard the USS Laub (DD613), the USS Furse (DDR882), the USS Cochino (SS345), the USS Halfbeak (SS352), the USS Cobbler (SS344) and the USS Sirago. He commanded the USS Swordfish (SSN579), the Gold Crew of the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN599), Submarine Division 102, and Submarine Squadron 15. Admiral Cramer's other assignments included the Staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron 6; aide to the Executive Officer of the Submarine Base, head of the Reserve Training and Ordinance Departments; submarine advisor to the Chief of Naval Reactors Office, Atomic Energy Commission; head of the Material and Submarine Propulsion Sections, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; deputy director of Operations in the National Military Command Systems, J-3, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs).
Admiral Cramer became Commander, Submarine Flotilla 6 in May 1970, and in August 1972, he reported as deputy director (strategic) of J-5, the Joint Staff, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From August to September 1974, he was deputy director for Plans, Defense Intelligence Agency. Admiral Cramer consolidated and streamlined production elements of the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA). He directed the efficiencies to the growing demands of the services and commands for geographic information. He retired in 1977.
Following retirement, Admiral Cramer served as the Department of Defense/Joint Chief of Staff representative to the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference from 1978 to 1981. He received the DoD Outstanding Award for Public Service for this assignment. He was a founder and the first President of the Naval Submarine League. His tenure in that role was from 1981 to 1989. Vice Admiral Cramer was recognized for his outstanding contribution as director of DMA and was inducted into the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Hall of Fame in 2003. Admiral Cramer's decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with four gold stars and other service medals.
Admiral Cramer was a member of Eternal Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clemson, S.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Hugh, spouses Elizabeth (Betts) Stewart Cramer and Marie Ploetz Cramer and son Shannon D. Cramer III. Left to honor Shannon and remember his love are brother Calvin Cramer (Sandra) and children John Cramer (Beverly), Beth Churchya (Dave), Susan Algeo (Michael), Mary Cramer Wagner, Lawrence Ploetz (Denise), Frederick Ploetz (Sandra), Joanne Biery (Tom), Janet Davis (Don), Judi Petersen (Mark) and John Ploetz (Carol) as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial and interment at the Arlington National Cemetery. Those who would like to contribute in his memory, may do so by making donations to: Naval Academy, USNAF, Gift Processing, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402; Eternal Shepherd Lutheran Church, 220 Carson Road, Seneca, SC 29678 or Capital Caring Hospice, 50 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Posted March 18, 2012
Chief Warrant Officer George Hugh Smith, USN (Ret)
Navy veteran of World War II and Korean War; Pearl Harbor survivor.
George Hugh Smith, a proud and honorable man, passed away on March 15, 2012, surrounded by family and dear friends. He was born February 11, 1917, and was a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the US Navy. Mr. Smith was originally from Henderson County, Illinois.
He was a Veteran of both WWII and the Korean War and was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He made eight war patrols in the Pacific Theater on board a submarine during WWII. During the Korean War, while serving on board the submarine USS Redfish, he received an appointment to Warrant Officer. His duties then consisted of Engineering Officer on board a submarine rescue ship. He spent two years at the Mare Island California Naval Shipyard as a Machinery Repair Officer on board the submarine tender USS Sperry AS-12. His next assignment was a tour of duty at the Naval Air Engineering Center in Philadelphia, PA. His next assignment was a Division Officer on the USS Spiegle Grove LSD-32. A short time later, due to an injury, he was admitted to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, from which he retired from the Navy in 1962. After leaving active duty in the Navy, Mr. Smith worked for the Naval Air Engineering Center until final retirement. During his military career, he received a number of medals and decorations, including the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Pearl Harbor Survivor Medallion.
Mr. Smith was a member of numerous fraternal organizations and clubs, Sons of the American Revolution, American Battleship Association, Submarine Veterans of WWII, Military Officers Association of America, Masonic Lodge, VFW, American Legion, Navy League, The National Rifle Association, and the United States Submarine League. Mr. Smith was a graduate of the Brookhaven Citizen Police Academy for 13 years with perfect attendance. Never forgetting his quote "Farmer Logic" he always made time for gardening, skilled carpentry, family and friends.
Mr. Smith was predeceased by his wife, Shirley in 1993, and his son William Hugh, in 1952. Survivors: 2 loving and devoted daughters: Patty Stillwell of Media, Debbie Gallagher of Naples, FL; 2 loving grandchildren: Becky Stillwell of Morgantown, WV, and Joshua Gallagher, of Aston, PA; Brother: Herb Smith of Burlington, IA.
Funeral Service: Wednesday 12:00 Noon, at Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Middletown (Rte#352) & Knowlton Roads, Middletown Twp., Media, PA.
Visitation: Wednesday after 10:00 am at the funeral home. Interment: Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills, PA.
Memorial Contributions: Submarine Veterans of WWII Delaware Valley Association in the name of George Smith Memorial, Att: Michael Duffy 223 Ripka Street Philadelphia, PA 19127.
Published in Daily Times on March 18, 2012
Posted March 9, 2012
CAPT Reuben Farrior Woodall, USN (Ret)
Captain Reuben Farrior Woodall, U. S. Navy (Retired) left this world on March 4, 2012 just as he entered it, as a Southern gentleman. He was born in Springville, Ala., on November 9, 1921, son of the late Reuben Russell and Irene Bell Woodall. He was home-schooled at an early age, attended local schools, and graduated in 1938 from The Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn. at age 16. He attended the Marion Institute in Alabama for one year, and then entered the United States Naval Academy in 1939, graduating in June 1942 with the wartime class of 1943.
CAPT Woodall served on USS TARPON (SS-175) and USS POGY (SS-266) in the Western Pacific during World War II, completing eight war patrols. For his wartime service, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V”, and the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” with gold star for a second award. Following the war, he served on a number of other submarines, finally serving as the commissioning Executive Officer on the new USS WAHOO (SS-565). His commands at sea included USS TANG (SS-563), USS ROBERT E LEE (SSBN-601) (Blue), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), and Commander, Submarine Squadron FOURTEEN.
His shore assignments included Marine Engineering instructor at the Naval Academy; service in the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel (Pers A / Policy); Officer in Charge, U.S. Naval Submarine School; attendance at the National War College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from The George Washington University; and, Chief of Staff to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. After his naval retirement in September 1969, he made his home in Annapolis, MD.
For his second career, CAPT Woodall served on the principal staff of Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory until March 1986, supporting the SSBN Security Program. He enjoyed sailing, golf, and working in his many gardens, especially his rose bushes.
CAPT Woodall was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Margaret Ann “Peggy” Johnston Woodall in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Eola “Terry” Johnson Woodall, whom he married in December of 1985, and children Stephen R. and Nancy Woodall of Fairfax Station, VA; Jonathan H. and Lina Woodall of Oakton, VA; Ann F. Woodall of Arnold, MD; David M. Woodall of Smryna, TN; Terry and L. Robert Barnes of Fairfax, VA; Marty and Dr. Andy Yeager of Tucson, AZ; and, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Funeral and burial arrangements are private as requested by the family.
Posted March 6, 2012
RDML Thomas A. Meinicke, USN (Retired)
In Memory of Rear Admiral Thomas A. Meinicke, March 1
The Navy and the nation lost a great servant on Thursday, March 1, Rear Admiral Thomas A. Meinicke. A 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served his nation as a submariner throughout the Cold War, a conflict that was brought to a close in large part by the efforts of the “Silent Service” led by men like the Admiral. During his stellar 32-year Navy career, he served onboard both fast attack and fleet ballistic missile submarines, commanding USS Flying Fish (SSN 673), Submarine Squadron Eight, and Submarine Groups Six and Ten. Anyone who ever called him shipmate would tell you he was an outstanding Naval Officer, but he was so much more than that. He continued to work in nuclear power after leaving the Navy, he was a good Episcopalian and member of St. Aidan’s in Virginia Beach, but most importantly to him, he was a man whose love for his family knew no bounds. Despite the hardships a Navy career causes a family, he and his loving wife Alice, who he always called his “friend” and “buddy,” raised three fantastic daughters and enjoyed a wonderful family life. Alice and the girls were at his side when he finished his earthly pilgrimage.
Published in U.S. Undersea Warfare News on March 5, 2012
Posted March 2, 2012
CAPT Charles Edmund Armitage, USN (Retired)
Charles “Chuck” Armitage died of brain cancer on 27 February 2012 in Aiken, South Carolina. He was 66 years old.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chuck was raised in Rome, New York. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and received a Commission into the United States Navy upon graduation.
Chuck served aboard five submarines in various positions before commanding USS STURGEON (SSN 637) from May 1982 until December 1986. Following command of STURGEON, Chuck was assigned various shore positions including Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron Eleven, Assistant Chief of Staff for Weapons and Combat Systems at Submarine Group Five and Director of the Arctic Submarine Laboratory at the Naval Ocean Systems Center. His Naval career concluded following major command of USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) (BLUE) from September 1991 until his retirement in June 1993.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Chuck began work for Savannah River Company, where he was named Executive of the Year by the National Management Association, Central Savannah River Area, in 2000, and awarded the Department of Energy Project of the Year in 2002 for his Uranium Blend Down Project in H-Canyon at the Savannah River Site. Later he moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory, serving as Facility Operations Director, where he led operations and maintenance at the Plutonium Facility (TA-55), the nation’s only plutonium production site. Next, he directed environmental restoration projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory for Washington Safety Management Solutions. Chuck’s final position was with Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services, where he served as Chief Engineer for the Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project, and as the design authority for both the Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky plants.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Barbara I. Johnson of Norfolk, Virginia; daughter Amy Armitage Zettler and son-in-law CDR Gregory Zettler; son Matthew Armitage; mother Dorothy Armitage Ricker; and sister Mary Lee Armitage Brown.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on 02 March 2012 at the Shellhouse Rivers Funeral Home in Aiken, South Carolina. A memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
Posted January 26, 2012
RDML Scott L. Sears, USN (Retired)
RDML, USN (Ret) Scott L. Sears, passed away peacefully at his home in Warrensville on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.
Rear Admiral Sears attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in 1966 with bachelor of science degrees in physics and economics. He completed Naval Submarine School in 1966 in Groton and subsequently served aboard the USS Barbel as supply officer and USS Gudgeon as communicator. Both submarines were home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. From 1970 to 1971, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Burke Scholar and graduated with a master of science degree in electrical engineering as well as a professional engineering degree in electrical engineering. After attending Naval Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge, Md., he served aboard the USS Spadefish as the weapons officer and the USS Flying Fish as the navigator in Norfolk, Va. Aboard the USS Henry L. Stimson in Charleston, S.C., he served as executive officer. From 1980 to 1982, he led the Plans, Programs and Advanced Systems Section on the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon. From 1983 to 1986, he commanded USS Albuquerque, home-ported in Groton, after which he became deputy commander for Training and Operations of Submarine Squadron Seventeen at Sub Base Bangor, Wash. He returned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon in 1989 and oversaw the Tactical Weapons Branch. In 1989, he was assigned to Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters as program manager for the development of the combat system for the next-generation attack submarine, Seawolf. He was selected to flag rank as an acquisition professional in January 1991. From 1992 until his retirement in 1995, he was commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, R.I. Admiral Sears was also a graduate of Duke University's School of Business, advanced management program and the national defense university capstone program. Personal awards include two Legion of Merits, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals.
In 1995 upon completion of his tour as commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, he retired from the Navy. Following employment at AT&T, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, he retired to Ashe County, N.C. Wanting to serve the community where he had chosen to retire, Rear Admiral Sears was active on the county and regional library boards, served as a member of the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Advisory Committee, volunteered as a coordinator for the county's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and was a founding member of the Ashe County Frescoes Foundation where he was a past president. For two consecutive years, he was a volunteer helping spearhead the Ashe County Armed Forces Tribute. Additionally he was a docent at Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs, a member of the Episcopal Foundation in Asheville, and a volunteer at Mountain Hearts. He also served as a charter member and the senior-ranking officer of the New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sears, of Warrensville, N.C.; his mother, Margaret Sears, of West Jefferson, N.C.; his brother, John Sears and his wife, Gabriele, of Fleetwood, N.C.; his son, Paul Sears of San Diego, Calif.; and his daughter, Kathryn Lavigueur and her husband, Antoine, of Newport, R.I.; and five grandchildren.
Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parish of the Holy Communion, P.O. Box 177, Glendale Springs, NC 28629.
Published in The Day on January 6, 2012
Posted January 26, 2012
CAPT Bruce C. Felt , USN (Ret) - Eternal Patrol - 27 December 2011:
Bruce C. Felt passed away on December 27, 2011 in Santa Fe, NM. He was a U.S Naval Academy, graduate, Class of '57. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 20 years on various submarines, the final one being the USS James Madison (SSBN-627)(B) where he served as Commanding Officer. After his retirement from the Navy, he attended the Citadel Military College in Charleston, SC where he earned his MBA degree. He then began a career in R.E. Appraising, becoming a successful Appraiser with his own firm, specializing in commercial properties for many years. Later, transitioning to teaching the accredited course curriculum at the College level, for licensure in the field; first teaching at The Citadel in Charleston, SC and then ultimately at SFCC, here, where he developed the courses for the curriculum. He retired in 2008. He was a well respected instructor who earned the admiration of his colleagues and his numerous students throughout his teaching career. He is survived by his wife, Maria; his step-son, J. Scott Mason; his sister, Karen Fisher (Leland); mother-in-law, Rosanna Martinez; brothers-in-law: Nick C. Martinez and Nelson Martinez (Gina); and sister-in-law, Deborah Coltrara (David). Bruce will be remembered for his kindness, friendly manner and quick wit. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Berardinelli Funeral Home, January 3, 2012 followed by Interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in his name.
Posted January 24, 2012
Stanley R. McCord, Retired Navy Officer, Died
Stanley R. McCord, 89, a retired Navy captain who commanded three submarines and was a veteran of two wars, died Jan. 10 at the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury retirement facility in Irvington, Va. He had dementia, his son B. Scott McCord said.
Capt. McCord graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1944 and was a veteran of World War II. He also served in a combat theater during the Vietnam War. Capt. McCord spent most of his military career in submarine units. He retired from the Navy in 1967.
As a civilian, he became deputy director of the National Underwater Reconnaissance Office in the Office of Naval Intelligence. His work on top-secret projects was described in the book “Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage” by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew. He received the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. Stanley Roy McCord was a native of Yeadon, Pa. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1960.
He lived in McLean before retiring to Kilmarnock, Va. A son, Rodger McCord, died in 1976.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Helen Boyd McCord of Irvington; three sons, B. Scott McCord of Bethesda and Lancaster, Va., Geoffrey McCord of Weems, Va., and Brent McCord of Manassas; a sister; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
By Matt Schudel, Washington Post, Jan 20, 2012
Posted January 24, 2012
CAPT Robert N. Nestlerode
CAPT Robert N. Nestlerode, USN (Ret) passed away on January 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1969 and received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy from Colorado. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science and entered the United States Naval Submarine Force. He commanded the USS Birmingham (SSN-695), Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT and Naval Submarine Training Center, Pacific. He retired from Navy after thirty years of service in 2003
CAPT Nestlerode earned his Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2003.. Upon moving to Colorado Springs, he embarked on his second career as an Air Force civilian at United States Northern Command (J3) at Peterson Air Force Base. He was active in his community through his involvement with Boy Scouts of America. He volunteered as the office assistant / webmaster for Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal of Colorado Springs and at the Episcopal Women's Thrift Shop. He also volunteered at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs.
CAPT Nestlerode is survived by his wife of 31 years, Christine D. (Case) Nestlerode of Montrose, Colorado' their children, Karl (Jennie) Nestlerode of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Robert Nestlerode, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia; Austin Nestlerode of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother, William Nestlerode, Jr. of Fort Collins, Colorado and sister, Eleanore Nestlerode of Pecos, New Mexico; as well as nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Posted December 16, 2011
RADM Ross Norman Williams, U. S. Navy (Retired)
RADM Ross Norman Williams passed away on September 18, 2011 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was born on Friday the 13th of May 1927, in the Bronx, New York to Harry Howard and Ruth Marie (Hanson) Williams. Ross grew up in New York City and always loved the sea and sailing from an early age. He logged his first sea time taking many trips on the Staten Island ferry to study navigation while in high school. He also enjoyed summers and sailing as a youth at the family summer home on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut.
Admiral Williams comes from many generations of seafaring men and was inspired by his uncles to take up a life on the sea. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 5, 1944, at the age of seventeen and launched an amazing career. After attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), he entered the U.S. Naval Academy; via a fleet appointment, on June 17, 1947 and graduated with the Class of 1951 on June 1, 1951. His fellow classmates described him in the “Lucky Bag” as being a sailor from the time of "iron men and wooden ships". He twice skippered the USNA yawl "Royono", including winning the iconic Newport to Bermuda yacht race.
Following graduation, Admiral Williams served on the escort destroyer USS NORRIS (DDE-859). He then attended submarine school and served on the USS HALFBEAK (SS-352). His next tour of duty was on USS ALBACORE (AGSS-569); the hydrodynamic prototype; from which all the Navy's modern nuclear-powered submarines have evolved. While stationed at the Submarine base in Groton Connecticut, he met his wonderful wife Helen June (Willis), who was the first professional librarian to manage the Submarine Base library, in Groton, Connecticut. They were married at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London (Groton), Connecticut, on the 11th of February 1955.
Admiral Williams was selected for postgraduate studies in Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a new construction assignment as engineer of the USS BARBEL (SS-580). He then attended Advanced Nuclear Power School in New London, Connecticut, and the A1W Prototype at the Naval Reactor Facility, Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was then assigned to the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575) and then as Executive Officer of the USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625)(Blue). After completing the Prospective Commanding Officer Training at NAVSEA in Washington, D.C., he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) (Gold) and Commanding Officer of the USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628) (Blue). His next assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, in Washington, D.C., as the Undersea Long Range Missile System (ULMS)(OP-97C)/Trident Program Coordinator, Head Trident Program Coordination Branch (OP-315/-211), and then as Commanding Officer of the USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36), in Norfolk, Virginia.
Admiral Williams was promoted to the flag rank on May 13, 1975 and assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Military Deputy for Strategic and Space Systems, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E/USDRE), Washington, D.C., followed by his final posting as the Oceanographer of the Navy and Deputy to the Administrator of NOAA, DOC, Washington, D.C.
Admiral Williams' awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two gold stars for second and third award, Meritorious Service Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation plus other theater and service awards. He retired from the Navy on August 31, 1981.
Admiral Williams joined Ocean Data Systems, Inc. (ODSI) as Director of Space Programs, and then as scientific consultant/VP and GM of ODSI/Global Weather Dynamics Inc.-SA, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1986 he joined the Ball Aerospace Systems Division as Director of the Washington Office until his final retirement, to be with Helen and enjoy their home in North Potomac, Maryland.
Admiral Williams was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, who passed away in April 2010 from Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by their only son, Paul Norman Williams and his wife Suellen Joan (Cattanach) Williams, and two grandsons, Harry and Lachlan. A service will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Friday 23 December 2011, at 11:00 A.M. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Those attending are asked to assemble at the chapel, with their own transportation at 10:30 A.M.
Posted October 20, 2011
Charles H. Hoke Sr., Navy captain (Ret.)
Charles H. Hoke Sr., 89, a Navy captain who retired in 1971 and then taught management classes in the 1980s at American University and other Washington area colleges, died Oct. 8 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
The death was confirmed by his wife, Elizabeth Hoke.
Capt. Hoke, a Bethesda resident, served in the Navy from 1942 to 1971. He commanded the replenishment ship Mount Baker during the Vietnam War. Toward the end of his military career, he was assigned to the office of the chief of naval material and the office of the chief of naval operations.
Charles Hearn Hoke was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and raised in Garden City, N.Y. He was a 1944 optical engineering graduate of the University of Rochester. He received a master’s degree in public administration from American University in 1968 and a doctorate in education from AU in 1973.
His memberships included Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Conklin Hoke of Bethesda; five children, retired Army Medical Corps Col. Charles Hoke Jr. and June Kaye, both of Columbia, Gregory Hoke of Columbus, Ohio, Nancy Hoke of Lahaina, Hawaii, and Coursen Hoke of Maui, Hawaii; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Posted September 19, 2011
Commander James Lawrence Smith, USN (Ret.)
Commander James Lawrence Smith, USN (Ret.), of Gales Ferry, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 6, 2011, at home..
Jim was born the son of Lawrence and Eva (Muller) Smith on April 15, 1945, in Pensacola, Fla. Following graduation from North Olmsted High School in North Olmsted, Ohio, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. In 1967, he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universitat Munchen in Munich, Germany, studying quantum physics.
His 20 year career in the Navy culminated in command of the USS Sculpin (SSN 590) out of New London. Following retirement in 1987, Jim attended Connecticut College to earn a master's degree in teaching and began his second career at Griswold High School in 1992, teaching physics and chemistry. He was passionately dedicated to the success of his students and unfortunately passed away on what was to be the first day of school with his new students this year.
Jim married the love of his life and best friend, Vicki Jo Lamneck on June 17, 1967.
In addition to his wife of 44 years, he is survived by his daughter, Lauren Raye Lewis, son-in-law, Mark Lewis, and granddaughter, Meredith Gael Evangeline Lewis, and his son, Eric Howard Smith. He is also survived by his mother, Eva Smith; his brother, David Smith and his companion, Sandy Diaz; his brother, Christopher Smith, sister-in-law, Beverly Smith, and nephews, Isaac and Tyler Smith. He will also be sadly missed by his mother-in-law, Evangeline Lamneck; brother-in-law, James Lamneck; sister-in-law, Nancy Huddleston; and nieces, Amy and Bridget Lamneck.
He was an active member of Ledyard Congregational Church and a dedicated member of the choir, just one of many ways he was able to indulge in his love of music. He freely and selflessly gave of himself whenever he saw need and worked for several years for the American Cancer Society. He also was a supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2011, at Ledyard Congregational Church. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jim's name to Ledyard Congregational Church, 722 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard CT 06339. The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown Mystic, is assisting the family.
A scholarship in memory of James Smith is being planned at Griswold High School. Donations may be sent to the scholarship, c/o Griswold High School, 267 Slater Ave., Jewett City CT 06351.
To share a message of condolence or remembrance with his family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com.
Posted September 19, 2011
VADM William J. Cowhill (Ret.)
VADM William J. Cowhill (Ret.), 83, of Great Falls, Virginia died on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Beloved husband of the late Jennifer J. Cowhill; loving father of Robin, Michael and Douglas Cowhill of Great Falls, VA and Joseph (Desma) Cowhill II of Palm City, FL; brother of Jeanne Johnson of Marion, IA; grandfather of Jennifer L. and Patrick Cowhill. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Beth Ann.
Born on May 29, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph H. and Lucy R. Cowhill, Admiral Cowhill grew up in Chicago, IL where he attended New Trier High School and Northwestern University on the NROTC program graduating in Class of 1950 with a Major in English Literature.
After graduation he was assigned to the destroyer-minesweeper USS ELLYSON. Following this tour he entered submarine training in June 1952. His initial submarine duty was a three year tour on USS TRIGGER. This was followed by a year of training in the Navy's Nuclear Program at Sub School in Groton, CT where he became one of the very first "Rickover Boys" after graduating second in his class. He was then assigned to the USS SKATE for a two year tours which included the historic Arctic Explorations during one of which the USS SKATE made the first surfacing of a submarine at the North Pole.
Subsequent sea assignments included Engineering Officer of the USS SCULPIN and executive Officer of the ill-fated USS THRESHER. His sea duty Commands included submarines USS DACE, USS WILL ROGERS, and the Submarine Tender USS HOLLAND.
In 1973 then 45 year old Captain Cowhill was promoted to Rear Admiral where various shore duty assignments included a two year tour as Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Appointed to Vice Admiral in 1979, he served his final six years of active duty as head of logistics for, first the Navy, then the Joint Chiefs.
Vice Admiral Cowhill's decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Meric (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal.
Admiral Cowhill retired in 1985 and resided in Mclean and Great Falls, VA. He was an avid reader, Redskins/White Sox/Nationals fan and enjoyed gourmet cooking and dining. When not otherwise occupied, he spent his retirement years with his four children, extended family and many loving friends running a one boat Navy on the Chesapeake Bay.
A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook.
Posted September 15, 2011
LCDR Kenneth Woods LCDR (Ret.)
Kenneth Woods LCDR (Ret.) of Luther Woods Convalescent Center, died Wednesday, August 10, 2011. He was 86. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Michael and Emma Woods (Langrebe). He was preceded in death by brothers: Robert, Joseph, William; and a sister Jeanne (Desher).
Ken was originally from the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia and of Kenner, Lousiana. A 1943 graduate of Frankford High school and the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1947. A hurricane Katrina survivor, he returned to Pennsylvania in 2005 and resided in Jamison, Bucks County.
Upon leaving the Naval Academy and prior to attending Submarine School, Ken served onboard the USS Houston (CL-81), USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), and the USS LST 912. Upon completion of his surface assignments, he attended, and graduated from, the U.S. Naval Submarine School at New London, CT.
His first submarine assignments were on USS Tilefish (SS-307), USS Stickleback (SS-415), Executive Officer on USS Sea Cat (SS-399), and Commanding Officer of the USS Sea Lion (APSS-315). In 1960 he was chosen to plan and execute a unique two-year oceanographic survey that extended from the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific. By a masterpiece of good planning, Ken negotiated with COMSUBLANT for an all bachelor crew. His reasoning was sound, the ship was to operate almost continuously away from home port and the undue strain this would place on families would also place a strain on the operation of the ship. The bachelor make-up of the crew gave rise to a reputation for the ship that tended to overshadow her very real accomplishments. During two years of survey work under his command, Archerfish took more ocean gravity readings than all other surveys combined since Fridtjof Nansen took the first readings on the Fram in 1903. After Ken left Archerfish in 1962 he went to the Board of Inspection and Survey, a tour in Germany, and then to shore duty in Naples.
Upon completing his naval career Ken returned stateside to reside in Connecticut where he held various jobs before his final career with Houston Marine in Kenner, Louisiana. For over 20 years he helped mariners obtain Coast Guard licenses. He was employed full time until his middle 70s and then continued at Houston Marine on a part time basis.
Surviving are his children: Kenneth R. Woods (Louise) Horsham, PA, Donna Woods Ritting (Ray), Doylestown, PA and John Woods (Donna Huch) Dallas, TX. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Christian Woods of Lansdale, PA, Todd Ritting of Warrington, PA, David Woods (Amy) of Perkasie, PA, Dr. Drew Ritting of Hartford CT, Jennifer Woods Zwetolitz (Matthew) of Lansdale, PA, and Stefanie Woods of Hor-sham, PA; a great-grandchild, Audrey Elise Woods of Perkasie, PA; and a nephew, William T. Woods II of Emmaus, PA.
Funeral Services with interment will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. with Full Honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Memorial contributions in memory of Kenneth Woods may be sent to: National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494 or to the Macular Degeneration Foundation PO Box 531313, Henderson NV. 89053. To send online condolence's to his family please visit the Schneider Funeral Home, Hatboro, PA.
Posted September 6, 2011
Rear Admiral Julian Thompson Burke, Jr.
JULIAN THOMPSON BURKE, JR. Rear Admiral, US Navy. Died Monday, August 8, 2011. He was pre-deceased by his wife Betty Stuart Burke, his son Charly, and his brother Andy Burke. He is survived by his daughter Tina, her husband B Millner and her sons Gordon Lewis, his wife Jami, and Burke Lewis and his wife Leigh; his son Jud Burke and his partner Barbara Cousens; his daughter Sally, her husband Billy Brierre, and their children Will Brierre, and Stuart Brierre; five great grandchildren, Emma, Madeline, and Charlie Lewis; Ryan and Reade Lewis; his brother David Burke, his wife Agnes; his sister-in-law Polly Burke; and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Born in Alexandria, VA, April 24,1918, Julian attended Episcopal High School and The Bullis School and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1940. In the spring of 1942, while he was assigned to the USS North Carolina, Julian and Betty were married in Falmouth, ME. Several months later, the North Carolina, engaged Japanese forces at Guadalcanal. Subsequently, he transferred to submarines and made war patrols against Japanese maritime forces until the war's end, by which time he was the skipper of the submarine Guardfish. Thereafter, his career followed shore and sea assignments. Ashore, Adm. Burke served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel and on the Staff of CINCLANT Fleet/Norfolk, VA.
He served as Executive Officer Bancroft Hall/United States Naval Academy; as Deputy Assistant CNO of the Naval Reserve at the Pentagon; as Commander US Naval Forces Japan and Commander Sixth Naval District, Charleston, SC. He was a graduate of the Naval War College. At sea, Adm. Burke had numerous commands in submarines, the amphibious force and other surface ships. As a Rear Admiral, he was Commander Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet; and Commander Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He participated in fleet deployments in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Western Pacific and Atlantic. He served as Captain of the presidential yacht USS Williamsburg under Truman and Eisenhower. During 36 years of active duty, Adm. Burke was honored for distinguished service. He considered his role as Commander US Naval Forces Japan, 1970-73, his most important. The Government of Japan awarded him The Second Class Order of the Sacred Treasure.
Upon retirement from active duty, Adm. Burke worked as V.P. of the Navy Relief Society; volunteered for the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross, becoming an honorary lifetime member of the Board; served on the Vestry of Christ Church; and delivered Meals on Wheels with Betty. Julian Burke will be remembered as a true gentleman. He won many hearts with the twinkle in his eye, his story telling and his sense of humor. For 36 years he chose to serve our country and for the remainder of his life, he served his hometown Alexandria, his lovely "Bets' and their family.
A service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, September 10, 11 a.m., at Christ Church in Alexandria, reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Christ Church Foundation, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314; the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203; the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross, 123 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314.
Posted September 6, 2011
Shipmate Bob Cox
It is my sad duty to announce the passing of Shipmate Bob Cox. Bob sailed on his Eternal Patrol at about 3:00 am this morning. He was in the hospital at the time and his family was at his side. Laverne notified me this morning that Bob had passed away. He would have been 94 on October 1.
Bob made five war patrols on Sunfish (SS-281) in WW II. He also served aboard Greenfish (SS-351) during the Korean War. He joined the navy as an Ensign in 1943 fresh out of the UCLA NROTC program, and retired as a Captain in 1974 after more than 30 years of service to his country.
He joined the San Diego Chapter as an annual member in 1984, converting his membership to chapter and national Life Member in 1988. He was Chapter President in 1994/95.
I first met Bob in 1989 when he was a leading figure in securing the old Navy Chapel on the grounds of the former Balboa Naval Hospital as a veteran s center. Bob later served on the Board of Directors of what became the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.
He will be missed for his steadfast support of the chapter, his devotion to veteran s affairs in general, and for his keen sense of humor which never left him.
Member number 12860 is now retired. Sail in Peace Old Friend. Sailor Rest Your Oar.
Burial arrangements are pending and will be announced when details are known.
Posted August 26, 2011
Alfred C. Malchiodi
Alfred C. Malchiodi Jr., 68, of East Lyme, died at home on Monday, February 28, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was born July 18, 1942, in New London, the son of the late Alfred and Josephine (Donatello) Malchiodi. He married the former Tillie Oppido on June 1, 1968. After graduating from New London High School, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1964.
He was employed by Electric Boat for over 40 years as an electrical engineer and later as director of Submarine Concept Formulation at the time of his retirement in 2005. In 2000, he received the General Dynamics Technology Excellence Award. In 2003 Al received the Gibbs Brothers Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for leading innovations in developing naval architecture of submarines for the efficient utilization of advanced technology.
In addition to his wife of 42 years, he is survived by his four children and their spouses, Lori and Joe Pagliaro of Branford, Lynn and Carlton Cayward of Tolland, Liza and Tom Nowicki of Manchester and Michael and Andrea Malchiodi of Columbia, MD; his six grandchildren, Olivia, Jackson and Maria Cayward, Daniel and Nicole Paglario, and Julia Norwicki; and a sister, Diane Stradler of East Lyme.
His family will receive relatives and friends today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home and proceed to the Mass of Christian. Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Chruch. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetry.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his memory be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St. Norwich, CT 06360.
Posted June 24, 2011
CAPT Edward Clausner, Jr. USN (Ret)
Captain Ed Clausner USN (Ret), died on June 13, 2011, at Fleet Landing Retirement Community in Atlantic Beach FL, following complications from a stroke. While he grew up in Milburn NJ, where he was a three letter man in High School, Ed was appointed to USNA from Ohio after stumping Congressional offices looking for an uncommitted opening. At USNA, he continued his athletic prowess in football and baseball, with a passion for classical music and good food. He served at sea in an LST in the Korean conflict, then in fleet submarines; including duty as Commanding Officer of USS Tirante (SS420), and Chief Staff Officer of Submarine Squadron Six. Ashore he served as Director of Ocean Engineering and Support Technology, and as Deputy to the Assistant Oceanographer of the Navy. During this period, Ed was very proud to have saved the Navy a few million dollars by finding a suitable existing facility for an R & D project, instead of the Navy plan to modify one. Most of his technical service was in ocean energy conversion, deep ocean technology, and diving medicine. Along the way, he earned an MS degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Miami.
Following USN retirement in 1974, Ed joined Tracor, Inc., working his way up to Vice President and Director of Ocean Technology before joining Western Instrument Corporation, where he was general manager of their Cable Ventures Division – specializing in all things related to submarine fiber optic and telecommunications cabling. After several years in Fort Lauderdale, Ed and his wife Betsy moved to Fleet Landing, where Ed served recently as President of the Residents' Council, and was very active in community affairs. He also continued to walk 18 holes of golf three times a week despite two artificial hips and one artificial knee. Besides Betsy, who resides at 5416 Capella Court, Atlantic Beach FL 32233, he leaves sons James E. of St Augustine FL, and John T of Alexandria VA.
A memorial service was conducted at Fleet Landing on July 6, and memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Fund at fleet Landing, 1 Fleet Landing Boulevard, Atlantic Beach FL 32233.
Posted June 6, 2011
Capt. Charles J. Beers, USN (Ret.)
Captain Charles Joseph Beers, USN (Ret), 94 years old, passed away peacefully at home at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach. Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 11, 1917, he attended the United States Naval Academy where he played football and baseball and where he BEAT ARMY in the 1939 Army-Navy football game.
After graduating in the Class of 1940 he was stationed on the battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. He transferred to the Submarine Service and subsequently completed ten war patrols in the Pacific Ocean. He commanded the USS Redfish, USS Allen M. Sumner, USS Oglethorpe and Service Squadron Four; he retired in 1970 with 30 years of service.
After retirement from the United States Navy, he was Director of Registration at Old Dominion University for 12 years.
His Naval Academy legacy was continued in his son, Rear Admiral Charles J. Beers, Jr., USN (Ret), who graduated in 1967 and his grandson, Commander Clay Beers, USN, who graduated in 1995. He will be missed by his wife Joann Broaddus Beers, whom he married in 1969, and by his children Chuck, Jr and Susan Beers; Susan Hester and Lee Stephenson; JoAnn's children Cynthia Broaddus and Tommy Rose; Jim and Brenda Broaddus. He was a special Grand Pop to his 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His first wife, June Wood Beers, died in 1967. He is also survived by his brother Wally Beers and sister Margaret Probst.
Memorial donations may be made to Westminster Canterbury Foundation, 3100 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. A Memorial Service was held at the Westminster Canterbury Chapel on Saturday, 26 February at one o'clock PM. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday morning, July 5th, at 1100. Family & Friends should gather at the Arlington National Cemetery Administration Building no later than 1030. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cremate.org
Posted June 6, 2011
Capt. James B. Cambell, USN (Ret.)
Captain James Benjamin Campbell, U.S. Navy (Retired), died at home in Coronado, California May 1, 2011. Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 10, 1930 he attended Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1953.
That same year he completed Officer Candidate School and reported for duty at Pearl Harbor where he served in USS Tilefish (SS 307), and USS Pickerel (SS 524). After attending Submarine School Jim's assignments included USS Dogfish (SS 350), USS Albacore (AGSS 569), one as weapons officer on the commissioning crew of the USS George Washington (SSBN 598), USS Bonefish (SS 582), and as Commanding Officer of USS Wahoo (SS 565). He attended the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School and National War College.
He served as Director of Compensation Studies in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the time the draft ended and the all-volunteer force began in 1973. In 1975 Jim took command of USS Jason (AR 8) and later served on the SURFPAC Staff as Assistant Chief of Staff for Maintenance and Engineering. For several years after retiring from the Navy in October 1982 he was employed by American Management Systems.
His later retirement years included time being a student, scuba diver with and without a camera, diving instructor, and volunteer with the Easter Seal adaptive aquatics program and at the Retired Activities Office on the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. In addition to travel along the California coast and desert areas one of his favorite activities was daily early morning time on the Coronado beach.
Jim died of complications after the successful treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betsy Gregory Campbell, their children, Gail Campbell Gormican (Jim), Jane Byron Campbell, and Douglas James Campbell (Anne), and eight grandchildren. All reside in the San Diego area. At his request no services were held and his ashes will be scattered at sea by submarine.
Posted June 6, 2011
Lt. Commander Phil V. Hansen (Ret.)
Lt. Commander Philip V. "Swede" Hansen, US Navy, Ret., of Bonneau, SC, died Saturday in a Charleston hospital.
His funeral will be 11:30 AM Wednesday morning, June 1, 2011, in the CHAPEL OF DIAL-MURRAY FUNERAL HOME, MONCKS CORNER. Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park, N. Charleston. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.
Commander Hansen was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Chicago, IL, a son of Philip Edward Hansen and Lillian Gunderson Hansen. He was a Shriner, a member of Mt. Hope Lodge #128 AFM, and a member of the SubVets WWII. While he was in the Navy, he served aboard the USS Charr, USS Pogy, USS Cusk, USS Pomfrey, USS Blackfin, USS Barbero, USS Everglades, and the USS Shangri-LA. He served in both W.W. II and Vietnam receiving numerous awards and medals, including, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, Submarine Combat Pin, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He also formerly worked for both Braswell and Detyens Shipyards. Commander Hansen was formerly married to Doris Crawford and was the widower of Frances M. Hansen.
Surviving are, a daughter, Linda D. Jones and her husband, Brian, of Ft. Mill; two sons, Patrick L. Hansen and his wife, Faith, of Columbia, and Michael D. Hansen and his wife, Joyce, of Louisville, KY; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Posted May 27, 2011
Capt. Joseph DiGiacomo, USN (Ret.)
On May 16, 2011 in Rockford, IL at the age of 81. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1953, retiring after 23 years of service as a submariner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Regina DiGiacomo; son, Joseph DiGiacomo; sister, Grace Costantino; and brother, Felix DiGiacomo. He is survived by his loving daughter, Anne (Timothy) Bent; grandchildren, Taryn, Timothy Jr., Joseph and Andrea; brother, Norbert DiGiacomo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at EVERLY-WHEATLEY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302 on Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302 at 12 Noon. Interment will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bickford House Assisted Living, 960 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61107.
Posted May 16, 2011
Sidney Elizabeth Donelson Meyer
Sidney Elizabeth Donelson Meyer, devoted wife of Captain Joseph Meyer, USN (Ret.), passed away the night of 14 May 2011. She was 85 years of age, and in December 2008 was the victim of multiple strokes which caused severe damage to her left temporal lobe. In Norfolk she was active with the Girl Scouts and the Submarine Officer's Wives Club and served as editor of their monthly newsletter 'Dolphin Doin's'. In that role she became closely associated with Mrs. Joe Grenfell in getting the Dolphin Scholarship Program underway. She sang in the Honolulu and Rancho Bernardo Chorales. She had solo singing and dancing parts in the annual Pearl Harbor Mardi Gras stage productions. Up until her strokes, she sang with the La Costa Glen Aires and touched everyone with her love of life.
Private funeral services will be held at the Miramar National Cemetery. A memorial celebration will be held at La Costa Glen at a date to be determined. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, her three daughters and a sister in Wisconsin. Gifts in the form of donations in Sidney's name to San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103-1407 will be appreciated.
Posted April 13, 2011
Sanford Norman Levey, USN, Ret.
Sanford Norman Levey, USN, Ret. was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 10, 1929. Although both his parents had passed away by the time he was nine, leaving him to sleep in the living room at his older sister's, he strove to overcome challenging circumstances. He gained entry to Brooklyn Technical High School, which was followed by night classes at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. After enlisting in the Navy and distinguishing himself in several areas, he was selected for the N.A. Prep. School. As he was nearing graduation from the latter, he met his future wife, Betty Eleanor Pickett of Sykesville, Maryland. After four years of courtship, they were married in 1953.
Graduation from the Naval Academy was followed by submarine service. Over 14 years, Sandy served on six submarines: Two diesels, two nuclear vessels, and two Fleet Ballistic Missiles; commanding the last two before going to shore duty, where he was director of Officer Training at the Naval Submarine School. Sandy's family lived in areas including Norfolk and Alexandria, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; Groton and Mystic, Connecticut; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1972 the Leveys found themselves in Rota, Spain, where Sandy was assigned a split tour as Squadron Training Officer, and Commanding Officer of the USS Simon Lake. The family enjoyed immersing itself in Spanish arts and culture. Sandy retired from the Navy in 1978.
Sandy worked for submarine support contractors before forming his own consulting, tax, and accounting business, SBC, Inc. He was a founding director of the Naval Submarine League and served as chairman of the Membership Committee during the organization's most rapid growth period. He and Betty extended their love of antiquing to selling their finds in stores and antique malls in Maryland and Virginia; they took yearly antique hunting trips to England. In 2003 he sold his business and he and Betty moved to The Magnolias at Leisure World, in Clifton, Virginia. Until his health started a more rapid decline, around 2009, he continued to pursue interests including tennis, reading, music appreciation, gourmet dining, and involvement in several Leisure World committees.
Sandy is survived by his wife, Betty, his daughter, Mary Smyth, in San Diego, California, and his son, Robert Levey, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. There are two grandchildren; Sean and Derek Levey.
Services and interment are pending at Arlington National Cemetery.
Posted April 8, 2011
Bettye "BJ" Byron of Cocoa Beach died on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. She was 77. Cause of death was cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
Born and raised in Nashville, BJ held a degree in chemistry from Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University), and later earned a masters degree in gifted education at George Mason University.
A life member of the National Education Association, she was a grade school teacher in Cocoa Beach and taught high-school science in the Washington DC area. She also worked on Boeing space programs and designed curriculum for the Saudi Navy Expansion Program. A lifelong Democrat, she worked in the 2000 Al Gore campaign at his Nashville headquarters and attended the 2004 National Democratic Convention.
While living in the French Quarter in New Orleans she was a princess in the Krewe of Iris. She also lived in Pensacola, Seattle, San Diego, and Arlington, VA.
She enjoyed antiques and fine art, supported the National Symphony Orchestra for years, and was a 1991 graduate of Leadership Brevard and a member of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. She was past president of the Submarine Officers Wives Club in San Diego and the Navy Wives Club here.
BJ's first marriage to the late Robert Hemings ended in divorce. She was married to John Byron for the last 37 years of her life. BJ leaves two children, Rosemary Hemings of Carmel, CA and Emerson Hemings of New Smyrna Beach. She also leaves three step-children, Julie Shively, Justina Byron, and Joseph Byron, all of Denver, and a total of 12 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Her parents, Ila and Ben Phillips, and her younger sister, Barbara Bebout, died earlier.
She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Per her wishes there will be no local service.
(Published in FLORIDA TODAY on March 30, 2011)
Posted April 8, 2011
Captain Jon Paul Scott, USN (Ret)
CAPT Jon Paul Scott, USN (Ret) of Rye, N.H., died on March 26, 2011, due to complications after surgery. He attended Drew Preparatory School before entering the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1963 and was editor of the yearbook, The Lucky Bag. During his 28-year career in the Navy, he served on the submarines USS John Marshall (SSBN 611), USS James Madison (SSBN 627) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN 600). He taught NROTC at the University of Utah and was commanding officer of the USS Lafayette, (SSBN 616) from 1979 to 1984. His last duty was as Commander Submarine Fleet Atlantic Representative at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from February 1986 to August 1991.
Following his retirement in 1991, CAPT Scott earned his master's in mechanical engineering at University of New Hampshire. He continued there in the Ocean Engineering Department as coordinator of the Senior Design Course Tech 797 and worked as a consultant for JPS Industries doing fluid dynamic computer modeling of paper mill wastewater ponds and reactor cooling ponds. He founded JPS Engineering and Design and also did studies of Hampton Harbor, the York River and the area of Great Bay for new bridge construction.
CAPT Scott was a loving husband to his wife of 47 years, Peggy (Hedly) Scott, and a caring father to Tulsa A. Scott and his wife, Janice (Pacuk) Scott of Mystic, Conn., and Michael F. Scott of Rye and two grandchildren. He was past commodore of both the Portsmouth Yacht Club and the Portsmouth Navy Yacht Club. He enjoyed sailing and working on his wooden sailboat, skiing, woodworking and computing.
Posted March 29, 2011
MSCM (SS) Jose Vincente, USN (Ret)
It is our sad duty to inform you all of the passing of a Shipmate. Jose Vincente, 83, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2011, at home surrounded by his loving family. Jose was born on March 19, 1928 on Corregidor Island in the Philippines, the son of Modesto and Pilar Vicente.
As an English speaking Filipino in his later teenage years and during the early years of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Jose bravely sought out the opportunity to join the U.S. Navy. Jose qualified in submarines on the USS SEALION (SS-315) in 1950. He also served onboard the USS BECUNA (SS 319), USS DOGFISH (SS 350), USS HAWKBILL (SS 366), USS ATULE (SS 403), USS TINOSA (SSN 606), and the USS TULLIBEE (SSN 597). Jose was a retired Navy veteran who served this country in World War II and retired as a MSCM (SS). Following his military service of 32 years, he worked for the Norwich Bulletin as a circulation manager.
Jose joined us at USSVI Groton Base in 2001and was a Life and Holland Club member. He enjoyed playing and then umpiring softball, the latter of which he did for 54 years. In 2009, he was inducted into the Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame and he was a former president of the Eastern Connecticut Board of Umpires. He was also a proud Filipino-American and once served as the president of the local Filipino-American Club.
In 1954 he was married to Barbara (Bello) Vincente, and they shared a wonderful life together for 57 years. Jose is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Steven and his wife, Janice, of Hanover, N.H., Robert and his wife, Patricia, of Oakdale, Joseph and his wife, Aimee, of Westbrook, Curt and his wife, Cari, of Mansfield; and ten grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Modesto Vicente, a veteran of the Philippine Army and survivor of the Bataan Death March during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in 1942.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich CT 06360.
Posted March 29, 2011
CDR William Harrison Leisk Jr., USN (Ret)
CDR William Harrison Leisk Jr., died March 12, 2011. He grew up in and around the harbors of the San Pedro and Avalon. He also worked as an extra in the films Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch and Pecks Bad Boys starring W.C. Fields.
CDR Leisk attended military school and Chadwick High graduating in 1941. A strong swimmer, he worked for the City of Los Angeles as a lifeguard at Santa Monica. During World War II Bill served as an enlisted man in the Coast Guard before entering the Navy Officers training program.
After his commission CDR Leisk served as a gunnery officer on the USS Iowa (BB 61).In 1948, he married Elaine Carlson and entered submarine school in New London, Conn. After graduation he was stationed in Pearl Harbor and San Diego serving on USS Queenfish (SS 393), USS Cabazon (SS 334), USS Blackfin (SS 322), USS Remora (SS 487) and as skipper of USS Capitaine (AGSS 336).
Retiring from the Navy in 1964, CDR Leisk worked in real estate, oceanography, taught at Mesa Junior College, ran the N.O.A.A Calibration and worked in yacht financing and insurance. Governor Wilson appointed him to the Boating and Waterways Commission where he served for several years. As a member of the San Diego Yacht Club and all around waterman, he was an accomplished paddler, body surfer, diver, power boater, fisherman and sailor. He was the unofficial ambassador at large for Santa Catalina Island and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife Elaine, sons William and Stuart, and four grandchildren. Services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church March 26, at 2 p.m. 4761 Cass St., San Diego.
Posted March 14, 2011
Captain Bennie Lyle "Jim" Fletcher, III, USN (Ret.)
Captain Bennie Lyle "Jim" Fletcher, III, USN (Ret.), 65, husband of Marcia Finlator Fletcher of Isle of Palms, SC, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011. The relatives and friends of Captain Fletcher are invited to attend his Inurnment Service with full military honors, Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, followed by a 2:00 p.m., Memorial Service at Sunrise Presbyterian Church of Sullivan's Island, 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island.
Captain Fletcher was born on April 28, 1945, in Washington, DC, son of Bennie Lyle Fletcher, Jr., and Nadine Elizabeth Wilcher Fletcher. A 1967 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, he earned two master's degrees. He served as a Submarine Captain in the United States Navy, retiring after 28 years. He was a life member of the USNA Alumni Association, Disabled American Veterans and an avid sailor having participated in many local sailing regattas.
Captain Fletcher was a very active member with his church. He is survived by his wife, Marcia J. Fletcher of Isle of Palms, SC; two sons, Bryan L. Fletcher and his wife, Jennifer, and their children Jessie and Madeline, and John "Tad" Fletcher and his wife, Kristen, and their children, Morgan and Brendan all of Charleston, SC; his parents, Bennie and Nadine Fletcher, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; brother, Gregory W. Fletcher and his wife Megan of Middleburg, VA and sister, Janice L. Gentry and her husband Buddy of Lexington, NC; nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136.
Posted March 14, 2011
Captain William Arthur Matson II, USN (Ret)
Captain Bill Matson died of a heart attack on 24 February, 2011 on the slopes while on a ski vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1950.
After serving aboard USS Charles S. Sperry (DD697) and USS Grosbeak (AMS14) he became a submariner and served aboard USS Sea Fox (SS402). He was selected for the submarine nuclear power program and his subsequent career was heavily influenced by Hyman G. Rickover. He served aboard USS Seawolf (SSN575), USS Nautilus (SSN571), USS Skate (SSN578), and USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN619).
He commanded USS Narwhal (SSN671), a one-of-a-kind nuclear attack submarine with a unique power train propulsion system. Bill was also Commanding Officer of the Nuclear Power School. He later became Commander of Submarine Squadron Two in New London, CT.
After retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1976, he was President of Matson Associates, consultant to DOE projects and nuclear power facilities. He joined the staff of Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation and became VP, Project Management Division.
Bill was a member of the Brae Burn Country Club, Newton, Mass.; Algonquin Club, Boston, MA; President's Circle, United States Naval Academy; Trustee, New England Aquarium; Member of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and a subscriber of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was an avid sailor and was on the water at every opportunity on his boat Bayberry 11. He was very active in his church and community. His love of sports was highlighted by the great pleasure he had watching his three grandsons play soccer in high school and college.
He was the beloved husband of the late Jane(Peacock)Matson for 37 years. Bill is survived by his daughter, Pamela Olsen and her husband Robert Olsen of Norwell, Mass., three grandsons, Ryan Daniel, Brett Randall and Andrew Robert all of Norwell, Mass. and son David Scott Matson and wife Diana of Scituate, Mass. and Jackpot. Bill was predeceased by his son Willis A. Matson III.
A funeral service was held on Friday, March 4th at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Falmouth, MA. His ashes will be spread on Cape Cod Bay. Memorial donations may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Falmouth, MA. 02540.
Posted February 5, 2011
VADM James B. Wilson, USN (Ret)
VADM James B. Wilson, died of pneumonia Monday, Jan. 24, at Kendal Crosslands, a retirement community in Pennsbury Township. He was an Eagle Scout and attended Duke University for a year before he received an appointment to the Naval Academy.
In his senior year, he commanded the 24th Company, winning the competition for efficiency. The color girl who made the presentation was Mr. Wilson's former high school sweetheart and fiancée, Dorothy Ann Hargrove. The couple married in June 1946 after he graduated from the academy. Mr. Wilson spent his first two years as a naval officer aboard destroyers. Then, after graduating first in his class in 1948 from submarine school in New London, Conn., he spent more than 20 years in the submarine service.
In 1959, he commanded the submarine Dogfish. He later was executive officer of the Ethan Allen and commanded the Andrew Jackson, both nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines. Promoted to captain in 1967, Mr. Wilson served ashore in administrative positions and at sea, including commanding a submarine squadron and support ships at Pearl Harbor. From 1971 to 1973, as a rear admiral, he served in Vietnam and was in charge of the withdrawal of naval operations. The assignment earned him a Distinguished Service Medal. After a year in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy in Washington, Mr. Wilson was promoted to vice admiral in 1974. For the next four years, he was chief of naval education, including supervising the Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Naval War College, and earned a second Distinguished Service Medal for his performance.
After he retired from the Navy in 1978, Mr. Wilson and his wife lived on a farm in Maryland, where he was active with Boy Scout organizations and the Maryland Environmental Trust. Since the mid-1990s, the couple had lived at Kendal Crosslands, where Mr. Wilson helped establish a mentoring program, pairing retirees with schoolchildren. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of West Chester.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson is survived by sons George and Matthew; a daughter, Susan Fowler; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another son, Henry, died in 1983.
A life celebration was held Feb. 26, at Kendal Crosslands, 1660 E. Street Rd., Pennsbury.
Memorial donations may be made to the Crosslands Health Center Fund, Box 100, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348.
Posted February 5, 2011
CAPT Allison L. Maynard, USN (Ret)
Captain Allison L. Maynard, USN (Ret) passed away Dec. 15, 2010. He was commissioned ensign upon graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1946. During his first 30 months of commissioned service he served in the destroyers, USS Johnston and USS William R. Rush, and in the destroyer escort USS Foss. After entering the Submarine Force in 1949 he qualified in submarines in USS Dogfish, then served in USS Crevalle and USS Spikefish.
From 1953 to 1956 he was instructor in marine engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy. During this tour he completed law school at the University of Maryland, graduating with an L.L.B. degree. He then served 15 months as executive officer in USS Threadfin. From October 1957 until July 1960, he commanded USS Mackerel and USS Requin.
In 1960 he attended the Naval War College at Newport, R.I. During the next two years he was assigned to the Strategic Plans Division of the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He then assisted in setting up the second Polaris Submarine Squadron-in Rota, Spain, where he served as operations and readiness officer and as chief staff officer. He served four tours at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
During his tour in command of the Submarine Division, Captain Maynard was squadron commander of eight submarines, USS Argonaut, USS Carp, USS Redfin, USS Requin, USS Runner, USS Sea Lion, USS Torsk and the experimental submarine USS X-1 and was the commanding officer of USS LaSalle.
Capt. Maynard served 30 years total in the U.S. Navy and 25 years as a maritime lawyer (Doctorate of Law). He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Audrey Helen Maynard; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Dr. William Pamplin of New Hampshire, and grandchildren, Dr. James and Diana Pamplin of New Hampwhire, great-granddaughter, Rachel, and grandchildren, Amanda and Anthony French and great-grandsons, Benjamin and William French; another daughter, Pamela Galbreath, husband John and children Robert, Andrew and Daniel of Wyoming; niece and nephew, Norman and Andrea Breitenbach. He is also survived by his sisters, Jackie Bradley and Vera Deo of Vermont and two brothers, Reginald and Roger Maynard. He was predeceased by his brother, Peter Maynard of Vermont.
A funeral was conducted at Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel with Fr. James M. Shea officiating. The interment with military honors will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park. Contributions in his name can be made to Wounded Warrior Fund, www.woundedwarrior.org or KWDA Wounded Warrior Fund, P.O. Box 51, Lewes, DE 19958.
Posted February 17, 2011
CDR Whittier G. Davis, USN (Ret)
Whittier G. Davis '49, died at Balboa Naval Hospital of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases sometime in December 2010. He graduated from the Navy's V-12 program at Northwestern University and Bowling Green University. The day before he was to be commissioned Ensign, he was sworn in as a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he developed a deep love of sailing and met Elizabeth Floyd (Libby). He graduated and was finally commissioned in June, 1949, marrying Libby the next day. He reported to a destroyer and served nine plus months in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War. After submarine school, he was aboard various submarines and on Westpac tours, commanding the USS Razorback (SS 394).
Following command he was on the Anti Submarine Warfare staff and the Test & Evaluation Force. He retired in 1972 to go sailing. During the 1960s, Whit had a Rhodes Ranger "Playmate" racing from Coronado, Ford Island (Hawaii), and Key West. During 1969 he launched the Newport 41 "Lola" and two months after retiring, he raced to Puerto Vallarta. The next 15 years he raced to Acapulco, twice to Manzanillo, and two additional races to Puerto Vallarta. Sailing on longtime friends' boats, Whit also sailed the Bermuda Race, Newport RI - Annapolis, two Transpacs and two Clipper/Kenwood Cups, Cabo San Lucas, and La Paz.
Whit is survived by his wife of 61 years, Libby; his sons Whit (Emy) of Vista, Rod (Liz) of New Zealand, Geoff (Juan) of Chula Vista; eight grandchildren and his 6th Dalmatian. Friends are invited to Coronado Yacht Club, on January 27, 2011, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., to revisit happy times. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Coronado Maritime Foundation are suggested.
Posted February 17, 2011
Captain Charles Stuart Carlisle ("Chuck")
Charles S. Carlisle '47, died in the early morning hours on December 31, 2010, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy "Dutch" Carlisle; his three children, Cynthia Carlisle, Bruce Carlisle and his wife Debbie, and Margaret Carlisle; his six grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Chuck graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946, married Dutch, and began a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy beginning on the destroyer USS Wiltsie. In 1949, he joined the submarine service. He served on the USS Amberjack until 1952, when Admiral Rickover selected him to participate in his fledgling program to develop a nuclear powered submarine. There he spent three years in the development of the first sodium-cooled reactor prototype. He was then assigned as Engineering Officer on the original crew of the historic USS Seawolf. After four years of service on the Seawolf, Chuck became the director of the Nuclear Power School. In 1958, he became second in command of the USS Swordfish, followed in 1963 by his assignment as the Gold Crew Commanding Officer of the USS Tecumseh, a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. In 1967, Captain Carlisle was assigned to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., followed by a tour of duty at the Pentagon. During this period he received his Masters Degree from George Washington University. In 1970, he was selected as the Commander, Submarine Squadron Ten and in 1971 served as the Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Submarine Flotilla Two.
In 1973, it was time for a change and he "retired" from the Navy to act as the Atomic Energy Commission's Field Representative in building the Fast Flux Test Facility at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Washington. In 1981 Chuck retired from government service to act as Deputy Program Director at the Washington Public Power Supply System. After the termination of the WPPS nuclear power plant construction program, he continued to work as a consultant to the Hanford Project until his retirement in 1996. Even in retirement, Chuck continued to contribute to the nuclear industry, consulting and writing.
Fiercely proud of his Scottish ancestry, Chuck was also interested and widely read in world history and the development of the nuclear power industry. He was known for his integrity, intelligence, and humility. A man of deep thoughts and a warm heart, he was respected and revered by all who knew him. He was a devoted husband and father, and leaves behind a void that cannot be filled.
A Memorial Service was held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Richland, Washington on Saturday January 8, 2011.
Posted February 16, 2011
RADM Donald P. Hall, USN (Ret.)
RADM Donald P. Hall, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully at home on 25 January 2011 in the company of his family and friends.
RADM Hall was born on 06 December 1927 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The son of a career Army and Air Force officer, he graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, GA in June 1944 and enlisted in the Navy in January 1945. After appointment from the Secretary of the Navy, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1946. He graduated and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1950.
RADM Hall served 37 years in the United States Navy, the vast majority of which was spent in the nuclear submarine force. His distinguished career included service aboard USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571) during the first under ice transit of the North Pole in August 1958; commissioning Executive Officer USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN 616(B)): Commanding Officer USS HENRY L. STIMSON (SSBN 655 (B)); Commanding Officer U.S. Naval Submarine School; Commander Submarine Squadron SIX; TRIDENT Program Manager; and Commander Submarine Group SIX.
Following his retirement from the United States Navy in October 1981, RADM Hall served until November 1989 as Vice President and Senior Vice President for Nuclear Operations at the Illinois Power Company in Decatur, Illinois. In December 1989, RADM took a position as Group Vice President for Nuclear Operations at Houston Lighting and Power, Houston, Texas. Four years later, RADM Hall retired to Burgaw, NC where he continued to actively serve in his local community and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Castle Hayne, North Carolina.
RADM Hall is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah Cranford Hall, his son, CDR Donald R. Hall, USN (Ret.), grandchildren CAPT Donald P. Hall II, USMC, Diana M. Hall, David C. Hall, and one great-grandchild, Kirsten S. Hall.
A prayer service and visitation will be held at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, 308 W. Fremont Street, Burgaw, NC on Friday, 28 January 2011 at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4849 Castle Hayne Road, Castle Hayne, NC at 1200 noon, Saturday 29 January 2011. A private burial service for family and friends will take place at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC at 1200 noon, Tuesday 01 February 2011. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, Marine Corps Base P.O. Box 227, Quantico, VA 22134-0227 or Boys Town, P.O. Box 145-MEM, Boys Town, NE 68010
Posted January 19, 2011
VADM Lando W. Zech Jr., USN (Ret)
Former NRC Chairman Lando W. Zech, Jr., age 87, a retired Navy Vice Admiral who later served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission died on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Admiral Zech, a resident of Falls Church, VA was born in Astoria, Oregon and spent his youth in Seattle, Washington, where he attended Roosevelt and Lakeside high schools. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941. At Annapolis, he played varsity baseball and basketball. In his senior year, he captained the baseball team.
Admiral Zech served 39 years in the Navy after his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1944 with the World War II Class of 1945. His first assignment was to the destroyer USS JOHN D. HENLEY (DD 553) in the western Pacific where he participated in the second battle for the Philippines, the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and on picket station duty off the coast of Japan during the last days of the war. After the war he had a second destroyer tour on the USS HENRY W. TUCKER (DD 875).
Admiral Zech volunteered for submarine duty and subsequently commanded four submarines, USS SEA ROBIN (SS 407), USS ALBACORE (AGSS 569), and after nuclear power training, USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571) and USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620). He later commanded the guided missile cruiser USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG 7). Upon his selection to flag rank, he served as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District in Seattle, WA, the Chief of Naval Technical Training in Memphis, TN and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan in Yokosuka. After his selection to Vice Admiral he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training and Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy in 1983.
Admiral Zech graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, the National War College and received a Masters Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. In addition to campaign and foreign service medals he was awarded two Distinguished Service Medals, two Legions of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal.
On retiring from the Navy he was appointed a Commissioner and later Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission by President Ronald Reagan. During this 5 year appointment he visited all 110 nuclear powered plants in the United States and many plants overseas including Chernobyl after the accident in the then Soviet Union. After retiring from the NRC, he served on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Edison Company (now Exelon) for another 5 years and later as a Nuclear Safety consultant.
Admiral Zech had been a resident of Falls Church since 1983. He was a parishioner of the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington, VA, a supporter of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A., the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and a member of the Army Navy Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Josephine K. Zech; five daughters: Janet Z. Cocke (James) of Richmond, VA, Joanne Z. Lyons (Coleman) of Atlanta, GA, Nancy Z. Cunnane (Robert) of Coto de Caza, CA, Carol M. Zech of Arlington, VA and Patricia Z. Nelson (Kirk) of Sammamish, WA.; his 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Dr. Robert J. Zech and Dr. Jerome M. Zech, both of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his brother John R. Zech. The family will be receiving friends at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME of ARLINGTON, 4510 Wilson Blvd. on Friday, January 14 beginning with the recitation of the rosary at 3:15 p.m. followed by calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m. His life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial and interment with Full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery to be announced at a future date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, 1025 Michigan Ave. N.E., P.O. Box 4469, Washington, DC 20017 or to the Naval Academy Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Beach Hall, Annapolis, MD 21402-5001 or to the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, VA 22203.