25th Reunion

I had active Naval Service from July to September 1941 and from May 1942 to October 1946. I spent two years sea duty as a radar-communications officer aboard the USS Croatan (CVE- 25) and was credited with five German submarines sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. I retired as Commander USNR in July 1967. I married Alberta B. Bumpus, Buckwell University 1944, a WAVE Lt. (j.g.), on October 2, 1948.  We have five children--four boys and one girl. As of 1991 we have three granddaughters.

I was a civilian electronics engineer at the Bureau of Ships and Naval Ship Engineering Center, now the Naval Sea Systems Command, from 1946 until retire­ment in August 1980. I first worked on electronic meteorological equipment, then analog computers, and then digital computer equipment for 20years. I was part of a Naval team which used solid state electronics equipment and the first solid state Naval shipboard digital computer to form the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1990. NTDS was first used in the Vietnam War aboard carriers and updated and related versions on ships in the Persian Gulf War.

For years since 1956 our growing family had two­ month vacations (mine was only two weeks plus weekends) at rented cottages at Fenwick Island, Delaware, Ocean City, Maryland--enjoying the beach, swimming, fishing, boating, etc., until 1981 when we purchased a condominium where we spend consider­ able time and our children like to visit.

When the occasion arose, almost every other year my wife and I traveled the United States, Canada, Great Britain and France (by car except for needed air travel). Still to go is Hawaii and Alaska, two states my wife has missed.

My wife has had both knees replaced, and I have been a busy man, as you might know if your wife is in a hospital bed at home and is just beginning to get about with a walker (still needs a wheelchair to go to the doctor, etc.). She is not yet climbing stairs of a four­ floor split-level house. Oh, for our first small one­ floor house.

Our daughter is to be married on April 4.