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Capt Charles Frederick "Charlie" Demmler
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1923
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 2004
La Jolla
San Diego County
California, USA

DEMMLER, CHARLES F. Capt. USN Ret. Charles Frederick Demmler, of La Jolla, died on April 25, 2004 at the age of 80. Charles, better known as Charlie, was born in Hastings-on Hudson, New York on August 28, 1923. He was commissioned as an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator in January of 1945. In 1946, Charlie married Clare O ' Connor, of Yonkers, New York. There were many highlights of his distinguished thirty year career with the U.S. Navy. His initial tour of duty was with the Experimental Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED. He had a tour of duty with Jet Photo Reconnaissance Squadron SIXTY-TWO, and a tour as Test Pilot at the Service Test Division of the Naval Air Test Center. During this period he participated in the early developmental tests of the Navy ' s first supersonic aircraft such as the F-8, F-4D and R-11. Charlie participated in "Operation Bullet", a mission to fly the Chance Vought Crusader Navy fighter plane coast to coast at record speeds, with Major (now Sen.) John Glenn. Charlie was Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron NINETY-TWO aboard the USS RANGER and Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-THREE aboard the USS BON HOMME RICHARD and Commander of Attack Carrier Air Wing TWO aboard USS MIDWAY. Charlie was also Executive Officer of USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT and Commanding Officer of USS YANCEY. Charlie spent a tour of duty in Yokosuka, Japan where he was Operations Officer for the SEVENTH Fleet in the Western Pacific theater. One of Charlie ' s fondest tours was as Commanding Officer of the air craft carrier, USS FORRESTAL. After his tour commanding the USS FORRESTAL, Charlie was assigned to the Pentagon and then to the THIRD Fleet Staff, stationed in San Diego. Although they traveled to many parts of the country, as well as abroad, Charlie and Clare always knew they wanted to settle in San Diego. After Charlie retired from the Navy he began working as a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch in La Jolla. He retired from Merrill Lynch as Vice President at the age of seventy. Charlie enjoyed golf and was a member of La Jolla Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Clare, his brother Robert, son Robert, daughter-in-law Laura, daughter Maryanne, son-in-law Tom, and grandchildren Christopher, Katherine, Brian, Jennifer, and Charles. Charlie and Clare ' s son, Brian, passed away in 1973. Funeral Mass celebrating Charlies life will be held at All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla, Friday, April 30, 2004 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 619-687-1000, National Kidney Foundation, 310-641-8152 or Odyssey Healthcare, 858-565-2499. Please sign the guest book at
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 4/29/2004. 
Created by: Jack Williams
Record added: Dec 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121275398
Capt Charles Frederick Charlie Demmler
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Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
- jomartin
 Added: Apr. 12, 2015

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