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Benjamin Scott Custer
Birth: Mar. 5, 1905
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 2002
Westchester County
New York, USA

US Navy Rear Admiral. Custer graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926. During World War II he was a Naval Aviator and served on the Battleship U.S.S. Texas, Cruiser U.S.S. Houston, Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Lexington, Battleship U.S.S. California and Escort Carrier U.S.S. Croatan. He won two combat decorations for action in the North Atlantic and at Okinawa. While Executive Officer of the Croatan it was credited with destroying nine submarines and capturing the crew of one of them. In October of 1945 Dupre was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Shields and remained as Commander until June 14, 1946. He later served as Chief Flight Instructor at Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station and as Director of Flight Safety and Accident Research in Washington, D.C. as well as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station, Floyd Bennett Field. While at Floyd Bennett Field he supervised the training of thirty two naval reserve squadrons during the Korean War. While in Washington he acquired a doctorate in American history from Georgetown University. Later he became the Director of Air Safety in the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics as well as United States Naval Attaché to Canada. During a tour as naval attaché in Ottawa, Custer made a forced landing in Northern Saskatchewan. He and the other four in his crew were rescued after a fourteen day combined U.S. and Canadian search. Custer's last active duty assignment was as Commandant of the Naval ROTC at Princeton University. After his retirement in 1957 he served as assistant to the president of Columbia University. (bio by: Saratoga) 
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  Elizabeth Ziemer Hawkins Custer (1910 - 2015)*
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United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 38.98831, -76.49006
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Record added: Jul 27, 2011
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