Adm William Renwick Smedberg IV


Adm William Renwick Smedberg IV

Coronado, San Diego County, California, USA
Death 10 Jul 2008 (aged 78)
Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, Florida, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 6 Site 8439-LH
Memorial ID 30431515 View Source
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Admiral Smedberg was born in Coronado CA September 13, 1929, the son of the late Vice Admiral William Renwick Smedberg III and Claudia B. Smedberg. His military legacy goes back to the Civil War in which both great-grandfathers fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. His grandfathers were a Brigadier General and Colonel in the Army and his father was Superintendent of the Naval Academy.

He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria Virginia and in 1951 from the U.S. Naval Academy and later received a Master's Degree from George Washington University. During his 31 years of active duty he fought in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He held five at sea commands and served five tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. Additionally, he served as the Operations Officer for the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean stationed in Italy and as Senior Aide to SACEUR in Belgium. He graduated from both the Naval War College and the National War College.

He retired from active duty in October 1982, and formed his own consulting company specializing in the operational assessment of advanced technology for future navy ships and aircraft. He was a consultant to Bell Helicopter Textron, assessing the operational impact of tilt rotor aircraft (the V-22), and the technological feasibility and operational utility of stealth ships.

In 1995 he retired from consulting and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach to live on the golf course.

He is survived by Ann Parker Smedberg, his wife of 51 years and their two children, Susan Hibble of Ponte Vedra Beach and her children Annie and Parker, his son William R. Smedberg V of Fairfax Station Va. and his wife Joanie and their children Allison and Erica. His family also include a sister Claudia Estes of Melbourne Fl. and brother Captain (USN Ret) Edwin B. (Ted) Smedberg of Falls Church Va. and many nieces and nephews.

He will be remembered for his love and passion for all sports, golf in particular. While on active duty, he enjoyed the challenge of figuring out ways to fit in a round of golf, even while on sea duty. He was a member of the Army Navy Country Club in Virginia and the PonteVedra Inn and Club. He was a two time Super Senior Champion at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club and delighted in shooting under his age. He was a fierce competitor and an even better cheerleader and fan. Known affectionately to many as "the Admiral", when not on the golf course he could be found at many local athletic events especially when his grandchildren and their teammates were playing. His support of all he considered his "boys" whether they were competing or practicing club or high school soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, tennis or golf could be counted on. Many will remember his deep voice yelling encouragement from the sidelines to all.

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