Captain,United States Navy
John Chittenden, United States Navy (retired) formerly of Sarasota, Florida,
and most recently of Reynolda Park in Winston-Salem, died peacefully Tuesday,
March 29, 2005, in the ACE unit of The Sticht Center. He was 94
John was born January 3, 1911, in Massena, New York, to Lester and Jessie Chittenden. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as captain of the basketball team. He graduated in the class of 1932. He served 30 years in the Navy, twenty-seven and a half years as a Naval aviator. He saw duty on battleships, cruisers, patrol squadrons and aircraft carriers. He, his wife and daughter were stationed in Honolulu during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Later duty assignments took him around the world, including the Aleutian Islands, North Africa, Okinawa and Malta, where he served on Lord Louis Mountbatten's staff. His favorite duty assignment was as commanding officer of the USS Princeton aircraft carrier in the western Pacific.
He was a decorated officer whose honors included the Bronze Star with Valor.
Retiring from the Navy in 1962, John obtained
his Master's Degree at Duke University and taught mathematics at Manatee
Community College in Bradenton, Florida, for 20 years.
Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, John
married Mary Ward Mitchell, with whom he shared his life and career for
65 years. They were the proud parents of Mary Anne Chittenden Gooley of
Following a private memorial service, inurnment will occur at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Society or to the organization of one's choice.
The family would like to extend gracious thanks
to the staff of Reynolda Park and the ACE unit of Wake Forest University
Baptist Medical Center's Sticht Center for their wonderful care and kindness.
Captain Chittenden will be buried with full
military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 26 January 2006.