Charles G. Renfro – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporry press report:

Charles G. Renfro, 83, a retired Army colonel who served in intelligence assignments and was dean of the National Cryptologic School at the National Security Agency, died of a heart attack December 3, 1998 at his home in Gulfport, Mississippi. He lived in the Washington area off and on from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Colonel Renfro worked on the technical development of NSA and returned there as a civilian after retiring from the Army in 1966.

He was born in Little Rock. He was a graduate of the University of Florida and received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He served in World War II European campaigns that included the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge, and in Korea during the Korean War. He later served in Japan and in England, where his last post was as commander of an intelligence base.

His military honors included a Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals and a Legion of Merit.

He was a member of Rock Creek Congregational Church in Arlington, Sigma Chi social fraternity, Sigma Tau engineering society, Military Order of World Wars and the Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Renfro of Gulfport; two sons, Dr. Charles Renfro of Philadelphia and John D. Renfro of Orlando; a brother; and two grandchildren.


On December 3, 1998, in Gulfport, MS, COLONEL CHARLES G. RENFRO, USA (Ret.) formerly of the Washington area. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons, Dr. Charles G. Renfro and John D. Renfro; two grandchildren, Rebecca and James Renfro; a brother, Julian C. Renfro of Winter Park, FL. Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. Marks Episcopal Church, Gulfport, MS 39507.

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