Raymond D. Fusselman
Captain, United States Navy
a contemporary press report:
Retired Navy Captain Raymond D. Fusselman, a decorated World War II veteran, died December 10, 2000, in San Francisco at age 90. He had suffered from emphysema and cancer.
Captain Fusselman, a native of West Farmington, Ohio, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933 and served on the destroyers Selfridge and Wadsworth in World War II. At Okinawa, the Wadsworth, under his command, survived 10 weeks of Japanese suicide plane attacks, said Leonore Fusselman, his wife of 64 years.
He was awarded the Navy Cross, and the Wadsworth received a Presidential Unit Citation.
Captain Fusselman commanded a destroyer division
in the Korean War. A specialist in communications and underseas warfare,
he later served as head of research and development for naval underseas
warfare at the Pentagon, headed the Office of Naval
He retired from the Navy in 1963 and became a senior communications engineers at North American Aviation, working on the Apollo Project.
Captain Fusselman is survived by his wife, Leonore, and a brother, Donald, of Warren, Ohio. A service is planned at Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
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Posted: 27 October 2001 Updated: 4 February 2006 Updated: 21 August 2006