Charles Mariner Bertholf – Captain, United States Navy

Courtesy of the USS Callaghan Site:

Retired Navy Captain Charles Mariner Bertholf, who later served seven years as Chief of the Central Intelligence agency's operational center, died January 14, 1991 at the age of 78.

Captain Bertholf served 35 years in the Navy before he retired in 1965. During World War ll, He was commanding the USS Callaghan DD 792 when she was hit and sunk off of Okinawa By a Japanese Kamikaze. He was awarded the Navy Cross,The Navy's highest award after the Medal Of Honor, for his actions during this engagement.

Later in his military career, Captain Bertholf specialized in Naval Intelligence. He served as assistant Naval Attache' in Stockholm and as Naval Attache' in Brussels an The Hague. His last assignment before retiring was in London on the staff of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe.

After Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1934 he served aboard light cruisers and destroyers. He was posted at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7th 1941.

During the Korean War, he commanded an Amphibious Ship off Wonsan. His other Decorations included two Bronze Stars.

Captain Bertholf was born in San Francisco. He settled in Alexandria Virginia.

after his retirement from the Navy. He worked seven years for the CIA before retiring permanently. He had lived one month of each year on the Island Of Ibiza in the Mediterranean.

His first wife, the former Katie Collins, died in 1953. Survivors include his wife, Terry Bertholf of Washington; their daughter Brenda Bertholf of Washington: Three children from his first marriage, Katherine Nichols of Concord, Massachusetts, Charles M. Bertholf, Jr. and Melissa Cafritz, both of Washington; and seven Grand Children.

Captain Bertholf was laid to rest with full military honors in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.  He is buried next to his uncle, Ellsworth Price Bertholf, Commodore, United States Coast Cuard, and near his son, Charles Mariner Bertholf, Jr., Captain, United States Marine Corps.

His father, Wallace Bertholf, Captain, United States Navy, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • United States Navy
  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown – 07/01/1965
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 12/05/1912
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/14/1991
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/18/1991

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