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Lore of the Corps Memorial RADM Wallace R. Dowd Jr., SC, USN (Ret.).

Wallace Rutherford Dowd Jr., was a unique and special man in many ways and by any measure. He was the 32nd Chief of the Corps and was the only individual ever to serve concurrently as the head of the Supply Corps of two world navies. Wally, as he was known to his many shipmates and friends, died of cancer on 14 July 2003 at his home in Silverdale, Wash., close by his beloved Hood Canal.

If ever an eventual Supply Corps chief was destined to become a naval officer early in life, it must have been Wally Dowd. He was born in July 1921 at Cambridge, Mass., where his father, later a Line rear admiral, was attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a Navy junior, the future leader of the Supply Corps moved with his family to typical Navy locations, including Norfolk, San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, and Charleston every two or three years. An eye accident in his teens physically kept the young Dowd from accepting an appointment to the Naval Academy, but he was accepted into the NROTC unit at the University of Washington in 1938. His academic record further qualified him as one of two graduating seniors to receive a USN appointment in the Supply Corps in July 1942. His proud father, RADM W.R. Dowd, USN, swore in his son as an ensign.

The new Supply Corps officer reported a month later back to Cambridge, the city of his birth, to enter Navy Supply Corps School, expanded and relocated to Harvard University from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. With war underway, the Navy soon developed a critical need of replacements for those Supply Corps officers lost or badly wounded in early engagements. When NSCS sought volunteers to rush through an accelerated course to meet the Navy's desperate needs, ENS Dowd and several of his classmates stepped forward. This special group was graduated two months early in December 1942 and ordered to the Pacific. ENS Dowd received orders as a destroyer division disbursing officer in USS Alden (DD 211), then at Pearl Harbor.

En route to catch his ship at the site of America's entry into World War II, he was able to travel via Seattle, where his girlfriend, Pauline (Polly) Gresham, met him. They were married on a Saturday evening, caught a train to San Francisco for a brief honeymoon and he departed Monday morning for Pearl Harbor. Polly Dowd became one of the initial employees at the brand new Navy Supply Depot at Oakland.

Destroyer divisions in the pre-war Navy were usually comprised of four ships, requiring the disbursing officer to work with all four ships in memorandum pay rolls, which ENS Dowd found "were a mess and constantly out of date." Besides, he reported with some amusement, the other three ships were never near Alden. He also inherited responsibility for the general mess, the store-rooms and for standing OOD [officer of the deck] watches underway.

Alden did not remain in the Pacific long and was ordered to the Atlantic in 1943 to take part in the hunt for German submarines that were wreaking havoc on Allied shipping. ENS Dowd was promoted to lieutenant, junior grade in July 1943 and in September he was assigned ashore as supply officer with the supervisor of shipbuilding at Savannah, Ga. In August 1944, LTJG Dowd was sent to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for fitting out USS Antietam (CV 36) and was promoted to lieutenant in October 1944. Upon commissioning of Antietam in January 1945, LT Dowd reported aboard as stores officer.

A funny thing happened on the way to the commissioning. In an interview for Ready For Sea, Wally Dowd recalled that he over-ordered five boxcar loads of potatoes, but with help from a senior payclerk, the excess potatoes were distributed to other Navy ships overnight.

Antietam sailed to the Pacific and took part in the Battle of Savo Island in October 1944, the same month that Dowd learned of his promotion to lieutenant. Because the art of underway replenishment was still in infancy, receiving the proverbial "beans, bullets and black oil" was always a challenge, but Dowd and his shipmates were equal to the task.

When the hostilities suddenly ceased and Japan surrendered in August, LT Dowd was ordered back to the states and returned in November aboard an escort carrier converted temporarily into a transport. Wally and Polly then returned across the country, driving in a brand new Hudson automobile that still lacked such auto wartime automotive luxuries as a horn, a back seat, bumpers or tail lights. The missing accessory items did not reach the Dowds until a month after Wally reported to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts in Washington.

LT Dowd was assigned to the BuSandA Detail Branch and worked for CDR (later RADM) Bernie Biere and LCDR (later RADM) Jack Appleby. When Appleby fleeted up to commander and was assigned as head of OP, LT Dowd became head of the sea and overseas detail desk. Wally Dowd drew the tough assignment of making a three-month swing through the Pacific to tell senior commanders that the Chief, RADM Dorsey Foster, was withdrawing their authority to make assignments from pools of junior officers. Dowd's efforts were obviously successful, as the new policy was implemented with little protest from the field and he was promoted to lieutenant commander in May 1946.

A postgraduate education was next in the offing for LCDR Dowd and he was sent in August 1947 as part of the first group of Supply Corps officers enrolled in The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. One of his Stanford classmates was LCDR (later RADM) Doug Lyness, who recalls, "I always considered him a prime candidate of eventual Flag rank. He was a vigorous competitor then and continued to be throughout his career. At the same time, he had a fine sense of humor, which made him a most enjoyable friend both on and off duty ... We did not serve together professionally, with separate career paths, but surprisingly, we were selected for rear admiral at the same time in June 1968! It was certainly the highlight of both our careers. Wally went on to become Chief of the Supply Corps--a well deserved honor."

LCDR (later CAPT) Tom Ingram, SC, USN (Ret.), who served with RADM Dowd later in their careers, repeats an incident that Wally shared with him. According to the story, shortly after the class arrived at Stanford, the dean called young Dowd in and said, "Mr. Dowd, we realize that, in the Navy, you have had little contact with business customs and methods. We want you to succeed and, if you have any academic difficulties, I want you to tell me right away and I will arrange for special coaching or whatever you need to succeed."

Wally thanked the dean and left, saying to himself, "I'll show you." The opportunity arose when he was taking a course in industrial management. At the time, Wally's father, RADM Wallace Dowd, was commanding officer of Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, located at the north end of San Francisco Bay. His son arranged for the class to board a destroyer at a Palo Alto pier and to be conveyed to Mare Island. RADM Dowd personally conducted a shipyard tour, pointing out features such as the largest vertical boring mill west of the Mississippi River

The admiral emphasized that the shipyard did not solicit commercial work, but they performed some on the boring mill at cost plus a prescribed 29 percent overhead. This arrangement eliminated the necessity for industrial concerns in western states to ship the work to a plant in the East.

Wally Dowd's father answered all questions concerning facts and figures without notes. The class members were served a sumptuous lunch in the Officers' Club and then returned to Palo Alto by the same destroyer aboard which they arrived. Wally's stature with both his professor and his classmates rose significantly. Dowd went on to significant academic achievement and he finished in the top 10 percent of his class upon graduation in May 1949.

With his Stanford Master of Business Administration degree in his dossier, LCDR Dowd next went in June to the staff of Commander Fleet Air Wing Four, headquartered at the Naval Air Station, Whidby Island, Wash. Shortly after he arrived, the wing was embarked in USS Salisbury. Sound (AV 13) on a three-month cruise to deploy at ports in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and to exercise the ships and planes in the frigid environment. His wing commander frequently invited Dowd to accompany him on trout fishing trips. They used a helicopter to buzz streams to chase off bears so they could fish leisurely and return to the Salisbury Sound with gunny sacks full of freshly caught trout. Wally Dowd continued to enjoy fishing for many years thereafter, though by more conventional methods.

In the fall of 1950, he transferred to the staff of Fleet Air Wing One, frequently operating out of Guam and responsible for a wide area of WESTPAC and regularly deployed to the Korean area of hostilities.

LCDR Dowd returned to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in April 1952 and reported to the Puget Island Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., where he had worked in shops while finishing high school. This time, however, he reported as control superintendent of the Supply Department.

The next step in the career of Wally Dowd took him to the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., to which he reported in August 1954 for the Command and Staff course, which graduated 17 members who eventually reached Flag rank.

Departing Newport in July 1955, he became supply officer of USS St. Paul (CA 73), flagship of the Seventh Fleet, deployed to WESTPAC. St. Paul visited nearly every port in the Western Pacific to represent interests of the United States. Wally Dowd was promoted to commander, effective January 1956.

Detached from sea duty in June 1957, CDR Dowd was ordered to the General Stores Supply Office (GSSO), Philadelphia, and assigned as director of Systems Planning. While in this billet, he survived an attempt by OSD civil servants to form a fourth service of supply in what Dowd describes as merely an attempt to improve their positions and power. On the other hand, he was impressed with the cooperation of civilians in GSSO and the Aviation Supply Office (ASO), both located on the same compound in North Philadelphia.

While serving at GSSO, Dowd learned that Navy ships did not have adequate allowance lists and that manufacturers of their World War II-era equipment no longer manufactured most of the equipment or had gone out of business.

It was at the General Stores Supply Office (GSSO), that LCDR Ingram first met Wally Dowd and recalls an incident that demonstrated Dowd's no nonsense approach with senior officers. Ingram had sent a chief storekeeper to a shipyard to gather information and the man called his boss to report that the shipyard supply officer had claimed he was too busy to be bothered. The Chief called LCDR Ingram, who instructed him to call back in a half hour. When Ingram explained the situation, CDR Dowd immediately called the shipyard and said to the commander, "Listen, you old goat, why don't you pick on someone your own size?" The Chief called Philadelphia again and LCDR Ingram told him to go back and see the captain again. This time the Chief got "a very different answer." Tom Ingram explains, "This was typical of Wally. If you worked for him, he could (and did) criticize you, but nobody else could."

The GSSO inventory control point was converted into the initial component of the Defense Supply Agency and redesignated the Military Industrial Supply Agency (MISA). According to Dowd, DSA was not fully functioning at the time, so the GSSO interservice personnel were allowed to develop MISA systems that met the needs of all the armed forces.

CDR Dowd's next assignment took him across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean in June 1961 to report to the 6th Fleet, with headquarters at Naples, as force logistics planning officer. The challenge that kept Dowd and his staff burning midnight oil was to match 6th Fleet operating schedules with Service Force capabilities.

Wally Dowd was promoted to captain in the spring of 1962 and reported as supply officer, Naval Support Activities, Naples. Although families of fleet staff personnel lived in Naples, their husbands' ships were in port only about 10 percent of the time. It was not a healthy family situation and Wally and Polly spent a great deal of their time convincing NSA officers that they were there to support the fleet, whether embarked or ashore.

In July 1963, CAPT Dowd returned to Washington for duty in OPNAV as head of the Material Management Branch in the Material Division (OP-41). This was a sensitive position, working for Line officers, where he prepared joint staff papers and processed budgets for the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP, renamed from BuSandA by a 1966 Navy reorganization) and its field activities. Wally Dowd believed that he was successful because of the many close friendships he developed over the years with officers of the Navy Line and of sister services.

He also served as the eyes and ears for the commander of NAVSUP, then RADM John Crumpacker, who did not always agree with the decisions of Dowd's Pentagon boss, thereby frequently creating uncomfortable situations.

CAPT Dowd was ordered in September 1966 to the staff of Commander, Service Force Pacific, as assistant force supply officer to RADM Bernie Bieri. COMSERVPAC, the principal logistics agency for the Pacific Fleet, was the center of supply action during the buildup of U.S. forces in Vietnam. While in this billet, Wally Dowd was selected for Flag rank in spring 1968.

In August 1968, RADM Dowd became commanding officer, Naval Supply Center at Charleston, which managed worldwide supply support for the Polaris and Poseidon submarine programs. For the first time, Wally Dowd had real exposure to the complexities of supporting nuclear-powered submarines and he proved well suited to the task.

Relieved by RADM Joe Howard in August 1970, RADM Dowd was ordered to NAVSUP to serve as vice commander to RADM (later VADM) Ken Wheeler. The pair complemented one another and strengthened NAVSUP during their partnership. In June 1971, as his tour was winding down, Dowd secured order as commanding officer of NSC Oakland.

In the war zone, the U.S. Navy was engaged in a program of gradually turning over the bulk of logistics to Vietnamese Navy supply personnel, but this important program was lagging because the Vietnamese had not performed well. LCDR (later CAPT) Len Sapera was already in-country and was well aware of the situation and recognized that drastic action was in order.

Before RADM Dowd could be detached to assume the choice Oakland command, he received a call from the VCNO, VADM Chick Clary, who advised him that Vice Admiral (later Admiral and CNO) Elmo (Bud) Zumwalt, commander of the U.S. naval component in Vietnam, needed him to come to the war zone. Zumwalt believed that "the Vietnamese have collapsed in their logistics support" and he wanted Dowd to assume control over Navy supply and to take the necessary steps to correct deficiencies.

From a personal standpoint, the timing of this crucial special assignment was not the best for the Dowd family. Zumwalt wanted RADM Dowd to be in Saigon in three days, but Polly was scheduled to have a heart catheter procedure the following day at the Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md. Mrs. Dowd would be in the hospital for three days. Wally asked for a delay until Polly could be released from Bethesda and the couple could drive to Oakland for a quick change-of-command and then he would fly to Vietnam. VADM Clary relayed the request to VADM Zumwalt, who agreed, and the Dowd's plans for travel were implemented, but there remained the question of what to do about their household effects.

This frenetic evolution meant that alternate plans were in order for the Dowd's household effects and had to be left to others. Into the gap stepped Marilyn Wheeler, wife of Wally's boss, RADM Ken Wheeler. She mobilized the NAVSUP officer wives, who assumed responsibility for packing the Dowds' personal effects in the quarters and preparing for arrival of movers to take everything to Oakland.

After another three-day cross-country drive, the Dowds arrived at Oakland and a hastily arranged change of command took place. RADM Dowd immediately turned over the reins of his new command to his executive officer and departed for special additional duty in Vietnam.

Upon arrival in Vietnam, RADM Dowd and his executive assistant and aide, LCDR (later CAPT) Lynn Hazlett, visited all United States and Vietnamese Navy facilities in the III Corps area. The newly arrived admiral recommended to VADM Zumwalt a five-point program to rectify the situation. RADM Dowd later recalled that when he departed for Vietnam, RADM Wheeler ordered that NAVSUP and all claimants give top priority to all of Dowd's needs. "Whatever I needed in Vietnam, Ken made sure it was sent."

U.S. Army Gen. Creighton Abrams, commander of U.S. forces in-country, accepted the recommendation and, to assure the program's success and to soften the impact on Vietnamese sensibilities, he took two unusual steps. Abrams engineered the commissioning of Wally Dowd as a rear admiral in the Vietnamese Navy and appointed vice CNO. This unique arrangement is believed to be the only time a U.S. Navy Supply Corps officer has ever served on active duty as an officer in two navies concurrently.

LCDR Len Sapera, who was senior Navy supply advisor officer of Military Region II in Vietnam, vividly recalls the visit of RADM Dowd in late June. "He said, 'hello' and immediately went into our massive warehouses and started personally doing stock checks with our Vietnamese counterparts. He did this for a solid four hours and then called the troops together. He said we had a better stock validity record than most NSCs back in the United States and proceeded to tell the troops that we were Number 1 by holding up his index finger. My troops went wild, morale skyrocketed and we were so proud. I will never forget his personal touch with ALL my people. They so admired him for getting down and dirty with us."

Upon conclusion of his visit to Cam Rahn Bay, RADM Dowd remarked to LCDR Sapera, "The Vietnamization Program works here at Cam Rahn Bay. Why can't it work everywhere else?"

The support attitude throughout the Navy Supply System, coupled with Dowd's solutions to the Vietnam Navy logistics problems were so successful that he was able to conclude his special duty in just four months after taking on his greatest challenge. He resigned his commission in the Vietnam Navy and returned to the United States in October 1971 to resume his delayed command of NSC Oakland with additional duty as district supply officer, 12th Naval District.

In recognition of his performance in rectifying the supply problems in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation reads in part, "... Tasked with identifying the deficiencies of the problems, formulating a plan for the corrective action, and actuating managerial acumen, progress exceeded all expectations and the plan was effectively implemented by October 1971 ..."

After a distinguished tour in command at NSC Oakland, RADM Dowd was called back to Washington in January 1973 to relieve his friend and former boss, Ken Wheeler, as commander of NAVSUP and 32nd Chief of Supply Corps, when Wheeler became Vice Chief of Naval Material and was promoted to vice admiral.

Dowd arrived back on the NAVSUP scene in an era of especially tight money when Line Flag officers were demanding more sophisticated weapons systems rather than money for the Stock Fund and transportation requirements. In addition to concerns over fiscal problems, Wally Dowd was concerned for the men and women of the Supply Corps. He took responsibility for personally detailing senior officers. RADM (later VADM) Gene Grinstead, SC, USN (Ret.), who served as vice commander to RADM Dowd recalls, "RADM Dowd never asked for, or received any help from me or anyone else, on the detailing he performed as chief."

Wally Dowd was concerned about the proliferation by Supply Corps officers in "nesting," the tendency to settle in at one geographic location, to buy a home and the spouse would find a good job. The result of nesting was that the officer sponsor would frequently be hesitant to relocate, even to a career-enhancing duty. The Chief initiated a program to discourage officers from this practice that met with mixed results.

CAPT Sapera also recalls that, later in the 1970s when RADM Dowd was Chief of Supply Corps and Sapera was commanding officer of NSCS at Athens, Ga., the Chief made frequent visits to Athens and would make it a point to go to class with the L&M instructors and answer all of the students' questions. "The Man was a leader and a winner in all respects and he and Polly were superb representatives of the Corps."

RADM Dowd's two executive assistants during his tour as Chief have shared fond recollections of their boss. The first EA to the new Chief was CDR (later RADM) Dan McKinnon, who had served with Dowd at NSA Naples. McKinnon remained in that position for 18 months, during which the pair traveled to the Pacific, Asia, and South America. Europe and the Middle East. At this time, Israel and the Arabs were again at war and the United States was quietly airlifting large amounts of war material to the Israelies, who appeared to be on the verge of defeat. Dowd and VADM (later an ADM and CNM) Ike Kidd, commander of the 6th Fleet, had a wonderful relationship. Both were operators and both had reputations for crustiness and direct talk in their communities. Kidd wanted RADM Dowd to come to the Mediterranean to supervise logistics. Wally Dowd and Dan McKinnon flew to Crete, where the admiral set up a small logistics base, staffed by personnel from throughout free Europe.

Dan McKinnon reminisces, "Being an EA to a man like Wally Dowd was a living opportunity for learning. He did not have a lieutenant aide and didn't want one. He wanted his EAs--all three of us--to be with him, support him and learn from him. RADM Dan McKinnon remembers that Wally Dowd was often stern with senior officers from whom he expected much, but nurturing and supportive of junior officers whom he expected to learn.

"Wally often advised that career success in the Supply Corps came from close association with Line contemporaries, accompanied by a good game of career enhancing golf. He also had distrust for too much OSD involvement in Navy supply. He believed that logistics support was a service responsibility ... I think he would be proud of the fact that Navy Supply Corps leadership through Vice Admirals Grinstead, Straw and Lippert has made DLA a combat oriented outfit.

"Wally says that he never met a stranger. People like Rear Admiral Wally Dowd leave legacies. The lessons of Wally may ripple across the seas forever."

CDR McKinnon was relieved by CDR (later RADM) Bob Abele, who served as RADM Dowd's EA from June 1974 to July 1975. Abele has many fond memories of the experience, although he went through agony in deciding initially whether to accept or reject the job. Admiral Abele says he was "absolutely terrified and leery of Dowd, given his reputation, but he took the job anyway and looks back on the duty with pride. "He (Dowd) was truly a legend in the Corps. The senior ranks (0-6 and above) either hated him or worshiped him, while the junior officers were in awe of him. To the Line community from CNO on down, he could do no wrong. Anytime there was any issue remotely related to the Supply Corps or to supply support, Dowd would be called, often by CNO, for his advice or to take charge of a problem even if it were not something under SUP's purview.

"He very deliberately cultivated an image of a waterfront, box-kicking, fleet support supply officer ... Dowd really did not have a lot of box-kicking experience, yet he had a deep and compassionate understanding of both shipboard and supply center operations, which he used with great effect during his many tours of the waterfront. He hated canned pitches. He had the uncanny ability to walk through a warehouse, and I think we walked just about every one in the Supply System, and spot the one box that had been on the receiving floor and hadn't been processed in weeks or the one issue that had been there well past any allowed time flame.

"Dowd valued loyalty as I think we all do ... however, he never allowed his personal feelings to mix with his duties as Chief ... He loved his Supply Corps--not as an end in itself, but for what he believed it could do for the Navy. He considered his job as Chief to be his primary duty and NAVSUP as his collateral duty. He was firmly convinced that the Navy had to have a dedicated corps of professional logistics managers, particularly in supply operations, and that it was his job to ensure that the Supply Corps existed through the careful selection, training, assignment, and education of Supply Corps officers."

RADM Abele recalls a movement among several Supply Corps Flag officers to turn the Corps into a restricted Line community. "They wanted to wear a star instead of an oak leaf. Of course, Wally Dowd fought this tooth and nail ... One evening after a rather unpleasant call from one of his senior Flag officers pushing the ED concept, he told me that he would disestablish the Supply Corps in a minute, if he thought it would be beneficial to the Navy." Fortunately, for the Navy and the Supply Corps, Rear Admiral Walter Rutherford Dowd Jr., was never forced into a position to make that decision.

Bob Abele also harbors great admiration and affection for his former boss. Abele writes, "He was, in addition to being the consummate professional, an extraordinarily compassionate and caring individual, who would go to great lengths, quietly and without fanfare, to help officers and their families, who had a problem or needed some assistance. It was a side of him that few saw and one which he kept well beneath the public radarscope. It was, in my view, however, a side of him that personified the real Wally Dowd far more than the hard-charging admiral that the bulk of the Navy thought they knew.

"He and Polly made a truly wonderful Navy husband/wife team. Never before and never after did I ever see a couple that epitomized to such a degree that term. They entertained a great deal and the parties at their quarters always had a wide spectrum of ranks invited. Admirals and their ladies got no more attention than did a new ensign and his wife--in fact, probably less. They were an extraordinarily gracious host and hostess."

CAPT Lynn Hazlett, EA when Dowd was vice commander of NAVSUP, was especially close to the Dowds. He visited Wally in Harrison Memorial Hospital, where he was known simply as "the Admiral" to doctors, nurses and other employees alike. Lynn Hazlett remembers Wally Dowd as "a very special person and has probably touched so many people in many different ways ... He was an exceptional communicator and was able to articulate the details of the most complex situation or issue to ensure that everyone understood ... He was a leaders' leader with knowledge beyond comparison. Always sought out by his seniors, respected by his peers and at times, feared by his subordinates ... He was always committed to doing the right thing. His view and perspective was unwavering ... He was a very caring person, under the sometimes rough exterior.

"He was the most polite and courteous person that I have ever met. His standard was unmatched and will be remembered by all those who have known him ... He was often a mentor and always a friend. He was always available to listen and to offer a solution, when asked. I think that all of us have benefited from his counsel and guidance through the years. (I know that I have.)

"He was a fighter! He did not know the meaning of defeat or to quit ... Wally has been able to beat the odds many, many times. From a medical science perspective, it was really only more indication of his tenaciousness, and the way that he viewed life."

Mrs. Marilyn Wheeler has fond memories of the Dowds, "Wally was a gentleman and a fine officer. He managed to get work accomplished with just a few words."

Wally Dowd's active naval career ended in March 1977, when he retired and moved with Polly to Silverdale, Wash., on the Hood Canal north of the Puget Sound naval complex, into a newly constructed residence that was to be the couple's home for the rest of his life. Barbara and I had a standing invitation to visit Wally and Polly, but much to our regret, we never were able to take them up on it.

In retirement, Wally Dowd served as CEO of two firms, one in Seattle and one located in Beaverton, Ore., but his major interest was in working with the blind for 30 years. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind from 1979 to 2000. He also served as treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the National Industries for the Blind.

Wally Dowd welcomed that "damn the-torpedoes; full-speed-ahead" reputation that many, who were not close to him, resented. VADM Gene Grinstead relates one instance when Dowd was about to depart on an around-the-world Navy business trip and controversial Washington newspaper columnist Jack Anderson called NAVSUP to determine why he was making the trip just prior to his retirement. Grinstead took the call and talked Anderson into waiting before writing anything about the trip. In the meantime, Wally Dowd made the trip and remained as Chief for another year. Anderson never was able to charge Dowd with a boondoggle.

RADM Jim Miller, 37th Chief of Supply Corps, worked for Wally Dowd, for two years and reports that "Through his whole life, he never lost his focus, love of the Supply Corps and mentoring of young officers and wives ... Besides Wally's extraordinary professionalism and energetic approach to business, he and Polly always reached out to the area officers and wives ... Wally once told me that a lot of officers could be successful as commanders of NAVSUP, but not all would be successful as chiefs. I think Wally reflected the powerful view that if the Chief takes care of the Corps, the Corps will take care of the Navy."

Memorial services for Rear Admiral Wallace Rutherford Dowd Jr., were held in the packed chapel at Fort Myer followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery with full military honors on Sept. 15.

RADM Justin D. McCarthy, Chief of Supply Corps gave the eulogy. In his eulogy, the Chief said, "His term (as 32nd Chief) was defined by an unprecedented focus on the fleet and support for our Sailors. His joy in his work, his dedication to his Navy and Supply Corps, his high standards of excellence all defined his term as our Chief and were reflected in the many accomplishments achieved during that period.

"There were two sides to Wally Dowd. Wally Dowd, the professional, was a perfectionist, an individual of the highest moral and ethical standards who demanded excellence from all those around him. His dedication to our Navy and our Corps would not have allowed him to accept any less. As a leader his actions followed a simple set of principles: know what you're talking about, do the right thing, stand up for what you believe in and give it 110 percent. Those standards and principles drove the quality Wally both expected and demanded. The results were predictable ... excellence dominated everything he touched professionally.

"Wally Dowd has left a legacy for us all. His life was defined by his standards of excellence; his love for his family, his Navy, and his Corps; and his service to others. That legacy will live on forever in all those fortunate enough to have been touched by this great man and all that he stood for."

Contributions to the memory of Rear Admiral Dowd, may be made to the Navy Supply Corps Foundation, 1425 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606 or to the Lighthouse for the Blind, P.O. Box 14119, Seattle, WA 98114.

NOTE: See RADM Dowd's obituary on Page 52 of the September/October 2003 issue of the Newsletter.

RADM Frank Allston, SC, USNR

RADM Frank Allston had 34 years of active and Reserve duly when he retired in 1985. He was presented the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award in 1998for his 10-year effort in researching and writing Ready for Sea, an extensive history of the first 200years of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He now serves on the Newsletter Editorial Board.
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