Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sailor, Rest Your Oar

AIMM notes with sadness the passing of former Razorback Commanding Officer Whittier Gale Davis, CDR USN (ret).

CDR Davis was Razorback's CO from July 5th, 1962 until April 30th, 1964.

A graduate of the Navy's wartime "V-12" program, he chose to accept an appointment as a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, even though he was eligible for a commission as an Ensign. While at Annapolis, he met his future wife, Elizabeth (Libby) and developed passion for sailing. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1949.

After serving in destroyers, Whit attended submarine school and was assigned to several submarines, culminating in his command of Razorback.

After his retirement from the Navy in 1972, CDR Davis was an active sailor, racing frequently and contributing greatly to the sport.

He is survived by Libby, his wife of 61 years, three sons and eight grandchildren.

Friends are invited to Coronado Yacht Club, January 27, 2011, 5 to 7 p.m. to revisit happy times. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Coronado Maritime Foundation are suggested.

Photograph and information courtesy of the Coronado Eagle and Journal.


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