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George Herrick Wales
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
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From a contemporary press report:

George Herrick Wales, 88, a retired Navy rear admiral who was a Washington native, died of congestive heart failure November 5, 1997 at a nursing home in Tucson, Arizona.

He was a graduate of Western High School and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He commanded submarines, including the Pogy, in the Pacific during World War II. His honors included two Silver Stars, a Legion of Merit, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

His commands included the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia, an amphibious group in the Atlantic, the Amphibious Training Command at Little Creek, Va., the 15th Naval District in the Panama Canal Zone and the Third Naval District in New York. He retired in 1963.

His wife, Rose Ganey Wales, died in 1994.

Buried in Arlington National Cemetery on November 20, 1997.


On November 5, 1997, ADMIRAL GEORGE H. WALES, USN, 88, formerly of Washington, died in Tucson, Arizona. 

He was born December 31, 1908, in Washington, DC, the son of the late George Russell Wales, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner and Josephine Brooks Abell Wales. His beloved wife, Rose Ganey Wales and his brother, Robert C. Wales preceded him in death several years ago.

He is survived by his daughter, Rosemary Wales-Parker of Mystic, Connecticut; a son, George H. Wales, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona; neice, Sr. Patrice Wales of Laurel, Mmaryland; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 19, 1997 at St. James Church, New London, Connecticut. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Thursday, November 20, 1997 at 1:00 P.M.




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