Capt. C. F. Swanson Navy officer


Capt. Clarence Floyd Swanson, a retired Naval officer who was one of the four oldest living graduates of the Naval Academy, died May 28 of heart failure at Carroll County General Hospital.

He was 98 and had lived at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville since 1982.

Captain Swanson retired in 1947 after a 32-year naval career. From 1951 to 1960, the longtime resident of Annapolis was a marine engineer for Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock in Baltimore.

Born in Brighton, Colo., he enlisted in the Navy in 1914. He later entered the academy, graduating in 1920, and earned a degree in marine engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1933.

He had served aboard the USS Mississippi and the USS Ranger and, before World War II, was commanding officer of the Naval Materiel Laboratory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

During World War II, he saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific. He commanded the USS New Kent, a troop ship, and the USS Delta, a repair ship, from the deck of which he witnessed the Japanese surrender while the ship was anchored in Tokyo Bay.

His decorations included the Bronze Star, the World War II

Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle East Campaign Ribbon and the American Defense Medal.

He had been secretary of the Naval Academy's Class of 1920 for 30 years, a member of the vestry at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis and an officer of the Annapolis Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. He was active in the Shipleys of Maryland, the Sojourners and Boumi Temple.

His wife, the former Clemena Shipley Arnold, whom he married in 1920, died in 1980.

A memorial service for Captain Swanson is planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow in St. Andrew's Chapel at the Naval Academy. Burial with military honors will be in St. Anne's Cemetery.

He is survived by a son, Clarence F. Swanson Jr. of Springfield, Va.; a daughter, Betty Anne Swanson of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 17025, Baltimore 21203.

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