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VADM Edwin K. Snyder, USN, Ret.

Source: Washington Post

 SNYDER EDWIN KNOWLSON SNYDER Vice Admiral Edwin K. Snyder, USN (Ret.), 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 8, 2015. A true patriot and admired leader, he embodied the best of the Greatest Generation. A twenty year resident of Fleet Landing Continuing Care Retirement Community at Atlantic Beach, FL, he will be deeply missed as a loving and devoted husband and father, and remembered fondly as a respected naval officer and friend. Born in Birmingham, MI, on February 12 1922, he was the son of Edwin Stahl Snyder and Helen Claire Knowlson. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the wartime accelerated Class of 1944 on June 9, 1943. Upon completion of submarine training, he joined the crew of the USS Hake, making six war patrols in the Pacific campaign. Admiral Snyder's submarine career included tours on four submarines, culminating as commanding officer of the USS Irex. In February 1968, he became the commanding officer of the heavy cruiser Newport News (CA-148) in ceremonies held at the DMZ in Vietnam. Shore duty assignments included graduate education at Stanford University and the Navy War College, staff of the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the Office of Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon. Upon his selection to Flag rank in 1969, Admiral Snyder assumed command of the Amphibious Training Command, followed by command of Amphibious Group Four and Amphibious Group Two in Little Creek, VA. In September 1971, Admiral Snyder became the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs as the Navy's representative in all matters pertaining to Congress. On August 31, 1974, Admiral Snyder received his third star and assumed command of the U.S. Taiwan Defense Command with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. Following his retirement from the Navy, Admiral Snyder provided key congressional support services for nearly ten years to the Navy through his company Snyder, Ball and Kriser. Admiral Snyder was an outstanding athlete, keen competitor, avid golfer and a long-time member of the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington VA. A dedicated Washington Redskins Football fan, he was a 30 year season ticket holder. His great sense of humor and engaging personality drew people around him wherever he went. Admiral Snyder was predeceased by his devoted wife of 48 years, the former Nancy McCarty of Birmingham, MI, in 1994. He later was married to Nancy Isaman for ten years. He is survived by sons, Stephen Snyder (Mary), Ed Snyder (BJ) and Charles Snyder (Connie); daughter, Kathy Snyder; sister, Ann Aikens (Bob); seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Admiral Snyder will be inurned with his wife, Nancy McCarty at the Naval Academy Columbarium with full military honors on April 23, 2015. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.


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CAPT Charles Wesley Rush, Jr., USN, Ret.

Charles Wesley Rush, Jr., Captain, U.S.N., Retired, 95, of Port St Lucie, Florida passed away on February 27, 2015 in his home surrounded by loved ones. Charlie, son of Charles W. Rush, Sr. and Dorothy McFaddin, was born in Greensboro, Alabama on March 18, 1919. He is survived by his wife, LaVonne Rush, his children, Michelle Liset, Suzanne Oken, and Stephen Rush, his stepchildren, Timothy Dirks, Darcy Kimmel, Marcine Stone, James Dirks, David Dirks, Dale Dirks, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Charlie spent his youth in Dothan, Alabama. In 1935, he was awarded a scholarship to Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, Mississippi. He graduated from GCMA in 1937 with highest honors and received an appointment to the Naval Academy from the Secretary of the Navy. After graduation from the Naval Academy on February 7, 1941, Charlie served on destroyers in the Pacific until he volunteered for submarine duty while in Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the submarines USS Thresher and USS Billfish for seven war patrols in the South Pacific and East Indies. On his sixth patrol, Billfish was attacked by three Japanese destroyers that made extremely severe depth-charge attacks over a period of 12 hours. These attacks rendered the Captain and all officers senior to Charlie unable to take action. Charlie, then a Lieutenant, took command in the face of seemingly certain death, saved the ship and the entire crew. Nearly 60 years later, when the facts of his actions were revealed, the Navy awarded Charlie its highest honor, the Navy Cross. Post-war, Charlie attended graduate school at Caltech in Aeronautical Engineering and developed a number of submarine-launched missiles, including a notable high-speed wake-less torpedo. He served in command of the submarines USS Queenfish and USS Blackfin before retiring from the Navy in 1961. In civilian life, Charlie was a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club of England, Sons of the American Revolution, and Submarine Veterans of World War II. Charlie and his wife, LaVonne, were married in October 1976 at the Naval Academy. Avid fans of ocean sailing, Charlie and LaVonne sailed their boat, Windward Star, throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean in their retirement. Charlie's ashes will be spread at sea. A private memorial will be held. May he rest in peace.

See more at: CAPT Charles W. Rush, Jr., USN, Ret.


John Piña Craven

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

John Craven passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The Celebration of his life will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 9th at the Central Union Church. John Craven was born 1924 in New York City is known for his involvement with Bayesian search theory and the recovery of lost objects at sea. John Piña Craven holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and a law degree from the National Law Center of the George Washington University.[1]
John Piña Craven has 40 years of experience in the innovation, development, design, construction and operational deployment of major oceanic systems.
As a boy, John Piña Craven studied ocean technology at the Brooklyn Technical High School, and he became familiar with the ocean on the beaches of Long Island and on the waterfront of New York City.During World War II, John Piña Craven served as an enlisted man on the USS New Mexico.[1] In 1944, Craven was selected for the Navy's V-12 program for officer trainees, and from this, he earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy. After earning his Ph.D., John Piña Craven worked at the David Taylor Model Basin of the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock, Maryland, working on nuclear submarine hull designs. He received two civilian service awards in connection with these developments. He was later appointed as the Project Manager for the Navy's Polaris submarine program, and also the Navy's Special Projects Office. He later became its Chief Scientist.[1] Craven was awarded two Distinguished Civilian Service Awards (the Department of Defense’s highest honor for civilians) among other commendations.[1] While working for the Navy, John Piña Craven helped pioneer the use of Bayesian search techniques to locate objects lost at sea (Bayesian search theory). John Piña Craven's work was instrumental in the Navy's search for the missing hydrogen bomb that had been lost in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain in 1966.[1] John Piña Craven's next large accomplishment was in the search for and locating of the submarine USS Scorpion, which had disappeared in deep water in the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal and Spain.[2]As Chief Scientist of the Special Projects Office, John Piña Craven was in charge of the Deep Submergence Systems Project, which included the SEALAB program. In February 1969, when aquanaut Berry L. Cannon died while attempting to repair a leak in SEALAB III, John Piña Craven headed an advisory group that determined the best method of salvaging the SEALAB habitat.[1] After leaving the Navy, John Piña Craven became the Marine Affairs Coordinator for the State of Hawaii and also the Dean of marine programs at the University of Hawaii.[1] During his time in Hawaii, it has been alleged that Craven was involved in the development and operation of the secretive salvage ship, Glomar Explorer. John Piña Craven also served during the Carter Administration on the U.S. Government's Weather Modification Commission. During that time, a hypothetical method was developed to significantly reduce the impact of hurricanes. In 1976, after losing in his campaign to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Piña Craven was appointed as the Director of the Law of the Sea Institute. In 2001, he was the president of the Common Heritage Corporation.[1] John Piña Craven has resided in Honolulu, Hawaii for years. John Piña Craven's daughter, Sarah Craven, is a prominent international advocate of women's rights. She is the mother of three children. John Piña Craven also has a son, David Craven, who is the father of two children. His brother, Kenneth Craven, is a distinguished educator and scholar, who served as the Chancellor of the City University of New York during the 1960s. After having earned his law degree through degree program at night, John Piña Craven was responsible for the direction of the International Law of the Sea Institute. In 1990 he established the Common Heritage Corporation for the management of innovation for the benefit of the common heritage. Craven is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. According to Wired Magazine, John Piña Craven's current undertaking is to link islands in the Pacific Ocean with sustainable energy, agriculture, and fresh water through the use of Deep Ocean Water pumped up using pipes from offshore. He is developing a new and innovative cold water therapy which may produce significant health breakthroughs and slow the aging process.Craven wrote the book, The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea.[1]


Sandra "Sandy" Jones

Sandra Lee Jones (Powell) "Sandy" 73 died peacefully in her Winter Springs' home on February 10, 2015. After successfully fighting 2 cancers over the past 4 years her COPD proved too much to overcome. Born in Orlando on June 5, 1941, her parents were Levey and Edna Powell. She is survived by husband Raymond Jones, daughter Cheryl (Brian) Harrington, son Steven Jones, grandsons Ross and Sean Harrington, and brother Larry Powell. A Celebration of LIFE service will be held March 1, 2015, 1:00 pm at Orlando's Leu Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the UCF Foundation - UCF Opera (www.ucffoundation.org/give-to-a-ucf-program) or to the UF Health Cancer Center Orlando (www.orlandohealth.com/ufhealthcancercenterorlando/).


Shirley Grennell Crowe

Visitation will be at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, on Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Burial will be held at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD on February 12, 2015.
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RADM John Bradford Mooney, USN, Ret.

Funeral service has been scheduled on the Arlington National Cemetery web site. Service is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015, at 1 PM, at the Post Chapel, Ft Myer




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