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Capt Charles Wilkes Styer, Jr
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Birth: May 20, 1919
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 2012
Los Gatos
Santa Clara County
California, USA


Captain Charles Wilkes Styer, Jr. USN (Ret.), 93, a resident of Fleet Landing, passed away on June 12, 2012.

He was a descendant of Admiral Charles Wilkes, USN, who commanded the U.S. Exploration Expedition of 1838-42, and for whom Wilkes Land in Antarctica is named.

Born in Orange, NJ, on May 20, 1919 to Norah Turner Styer and Lieutenant (j.g.) Charles Wilkes Styer, USN, Annapolis class of 1918, Charles himself graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1941, and began his submarine service in World War II. In 1943, Charles wed Katharine Reeves of Washington, D.C. In 1948, he became Assistant Naval Attache in Paris. Charles' submarine duty included service as Executive Officer of Tilefish, Commander of Mackerel and Cutlass, and Commander of Submarine Division 63. He was the first Commander of Submarine Tender Holland, based at Rota, Spain. His last sea duty was as Commander Submarine Squadron 10 in New London, CT. He then attended The National War College in Washington, D.C., served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was Deputy Chief of the Joint U.S. Military Group in Madrid, Spain. He retired from the Navy in 1972, having been awarded two Silver Star Medals, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal, and nine Submarine Combat Insignias.

The Styers lived at River Hills Plantation near Charlotte, NC, for 20 years, where Charles first had a home construction business and then joined the Homelite Company to build its corporate offices. He retired from Homelite as Purchasing Manager, having been instrumental in the early development of the company's computerized processes. In 1992, the Styers moved to Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, FL, where Charles edited the “Fleet Beat”, the community newspaper, for many years.

Charles is survived by his wife, Katharine; his two daughters, Katharine Weitzel and Susan Dautel; four granddaughters; a grandson-in-law; a great-granddaughter and great-grandson; and his brother, Captain Robert Styer USN (Ret.), USNA 1948.

Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.

Captain Charles W. Styer, Jr., was born in Orange, New Jersey, on 20 May 1919.

He started his career when he enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve on 23 June 1936. After a short period of active duty aboard the USS CUTTLEFISH (SS 171), he entered the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in June of 1937. When war broke out, the academic program at the Naval Academy was accelerated and he was graduated in February of 1941.

He then served aboard the USS ROWAN enn 405) and the USS MATAGORDA (AVP 22), He entered Submarine School in June of 1942 and upon graduation he reported to the USS FLYING FISH (SS 229). During this tour, he completed four successful war patrols for which he was awarded the Secretary of the Navy Commendation Ribbon, the Bronze star Medal, the Submarine Combat Insignia, and COMTASKFOR FORTY-TWO Letter of Commendation. In March of 1943 he became qualified in submarines, and in October of the same year he was ordered to report as Executive Officer of the USS TILEFISH (SS 307). During five more successful war patrols he was awarded two Silver Star Medals, two Bronze Star Medals, and the Submarine Combat Insignia. In July of 1945 he was given command of the USS MACKEREL (SS 204). In the latter part of 1945, he became a member of the Staff of Commander New London Group, 16th Fleet.

In June of 1947, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Intelligence Post Graduate School, Washington, D. C. His next duty was with the Office of Naval Intelligence. Washington, D. C., after which he became Assistant Naval Attache at the American Embassy in Paris, France.

In 1950, he reported aboard the USS RAZORBACK (SS 394) as Executive Officer, followed by two and one-half years in command of the USS CUTLASS (SS 478). He served from 1953 to 1956 as Assignment of Forces Officer in the Fleet Operations Division of the Staff of Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. In 1956, he reported to the Staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Three in San Diego, California as Operations Officer. After a year in San Diego, he reported for duty as Commander Submarine Division Sixty Three, the Atlantic Fleet Regulus Guided Missile Division. In June 1958 he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, as Head, Surface to Surface Branch, Guided Missile Division. In September 1959, he was assigned to the Pentagon's Space and Astronautics Arm, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense, where he was Staff Assistant to the Director, Policy and Planning Division; during this assignment, he was promoted to Captain.

He served as Chief Staff Officer, Submarine Squadron Fourteen, the first Polaris Missile Submarine Squadron of the U. S. NavY, during 1960-61. During this period the first POLARIS missiles were launched submerged by USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (SSBN 598), the first POLARIS tender was deployed to Holy Loch, Scotland to tend POLARIS submarines, and the first few POLARIS submarines were deployed to their deterrent patrols. In April 1961, he was assigned as Special Assistant for Fleet Ballistic Missile Matters to Deputy Commander Submarine Force, United States AtlantIc Fleet. From this latter assignment, he was ordered as the Prospective Commanding Officer of the USS HOLLAND (AS 32).

Captain Styer is married to the former Katharine Reeves of Washington, D. C. Captain and Mrs. Styer have two daughters, Katharine, 17, and Susan, 11.
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Interment on October 23, 2012

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Arlington National Cemetery

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Section 7-I Row 5 Col 5
According to the US Army's "ANC Explorer" website for Arlington National Cemetery, Capt Styer's DOD is 06/12/2012.

Above information provided by Find A Grave contributor J. Edward Ross (#47159122).
Family links: 
  Charles Wilkes Styer (1897 - 1976)
  Norah Ormonde Turner Styer (1898 - 1992)
  Charles Wilkes Styer (1919 - 2012)
  Robert Turner Styer (1926 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 7-I Row 5 Col 5
Created by: Greg Raike
Record added: Dec 29, 2009
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Capt Charles Wilkes Styer, Jr
Capt Charles Wilkes Styer, Jr
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