Arthur E. Owen – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:


Arthur E. “Murph” Owen, 96, a retired Navy Captain and a Fairfax teacher, died November 16, 2003, of complications from a fall at his home in Falls Church, Virginia.

Captain Owen was born in Milo, Maine, and graduated in 1930 from the U.S. Naval Academy.

During World War II, he served on the USS Texas, which provided support for the invasions of Morocco and Sicily. He later was damage control officer on the USS Tennessee and participated in the Battle of Surigao Strait, during which the Tennessee was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane.

During his career, Captain Owen commanded the USS Aldebaran and the USS Vulcan. He served on the staff of the Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet, at the Bureau of Ships and on the joint staff of the U.S. European Command. He completed his career as an instructor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, retiring in 1960.

Captain Owen moved to Arlington County in 1954, and after retiring from the Navy, he taught seventh-grade and eighth-grade math for eight years at Longfellow and Thoreau schools in Fairfax. He and his wife moved to Goodwin House West in Falls Church in 1994.

A son, Arthur E. Owen Jr, died in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Madeleine G. Owen, of Falls Church; two children, M. Kayleen Hadd of McLean and Dr. Robert G. Owen of Port Orange, Florida; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


On Sunday, November 16, 2003, of Falls Church, Virginia, US Naval Academy, Class of 1930. Beloved husband of Madeleine G. Owen; loving father of M. Kathleen Hadd, Dr. Robert G. Owen and the late Arthur E. Owen Jr.; brother of Edward J. Owen. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Inurnment 9 a.m., Monday, December 22 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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