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Remembering Ret. Rear Adm. William E. Powell Jr.

Retired Rear Admiral William E. Powell Jr., SC, USN, 82, passed away on February 3, 2019. Powell retired from the Navy after 30 years of active service, with his last assignment being commanding officer, Naval Supply Center, Norfolk, Virginia. He was the first African-American flag officer in the Supply Corps and only the eighth African-American to obtain the rank of flag officer in the U.S. Navy.

Born in Indianapolis on April 12, 1936, he was one of 13 African-American students selected to integrate the prestigious Shortridge High School in his hometown. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, completed basic training at Bainbridge, Maryland, entered the Naval Academy Preparatory School, and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy where received his bachelor's degree and commission in 1959. Later, he received a master's degree from George Washington University. He also attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Duty assignments include: Director of Supply Corps Personnel, Washington, D.C.; Naval Supply Depot, Subic Bay, Philippines; Aviation Programs Division, Office of CNO, Washington, D.C.; NSC Oakland, California; Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; USS Intrepid (CV-11); Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and Naval Supply Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

After retiring from active duty, Rear Adm. Powell accepted a position at DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, and subsequently worked for PECO Energy Company in Philadelphia. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two grandsons, a niece, and other family members. He was interred at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ret. Capt. Philip Trimble, SC, USN

Retired Capt. Philip Trimble, SC, USN, 87, passed away on September 28, 2018. Trimble retired from the Navy after 27 years of active service while serving as director of Supply Corps Personnel, Naval Supply Systems Command, Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor's degree from Moravian College and a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Duty assignments include: USS Kite (AMS 22); USS Decatur (DD 936); Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia; Commander Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Naval Supply Systems Command, Washington, D.C; USS San Diego (AFS 6); Naval Supply Center, Newport, Rhode Island; Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Naval Supply Depot, Subic Bay, Philippines.

Ret. Capt. Franklin D. Smith, SC, USN

Retired Capt. Franklin D. Smith, SC, USN, 85, passed away on April 11, 2018. Smith retired from the Navy after 25 years of active service while serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree from Harvard. Duty assignments include: USS Hunt (DD 674); U.S. Naval Academy; Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; USS Maury (AGS 16); Fleet Material Support Office, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Bureau of Ships, Washington, D.C; U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Naval Material Command Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Ret. Capt. Bernard L. Recher, SC, USN

Ret. Capt. Bernard L. Recher, SC, USN, 87, passed away on October 3, 2018. Recher retired in 1981 while serving at the Navy Exchange Office, U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He received his bachelor's degree from Miami University and a master's degree from the University of Chicago. Duty assignments include: USS Des Moines (CA 134); Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, California; Commander Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu, California; USS Wilkinson (DL 5); Navy Ordnance Supply Office, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Navy Electronics Supply Office, Great Lakes, Illinois; Naval Supply Depot, Yokosuka, Japan; Staff, Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Naval Supply Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Ret. Capt. Max W. Van Valkenburg

Retired Captain Max W. Van Valkenburg, SC, USN, 88, passed away on February 26, 2019. Valkenburg retired from the Navy after 25 years of active service, while serving at Supply Systems Command in Washington, DC. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a master's degree from the Navy War College. Duty assignments include: Commander Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; USS Denebola (AF 56); Polaris Material Office, Charleston, South Carolina; Freight Terminal Subic Bay, Philippines; and Long Beach Supply Depot, California; USS San Jose (AFS 7); Navy Ships Parts Control Center Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and U.S. 6th Fleet, Naples, Italy.
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Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Geographic Code:1U5SC
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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