George Kalla – Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy

From contemporary press reports:

George Kalla, 83, a Navy chief petty officer who retired from active duty in 1967, died of complications related to Parkinson's disease September 23, 2000, at the Mariner facility in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mr. Kalla's Navy career included service aboard the battleship California at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked December 7, 1941, bringing the United States into World War II. With the ship in flames from enemy bombs, Mr. Kalla and several shipmates jumped overboard and swam to safety ashore. Later during the war, he was a range finder during the assault on Iwo Jima.

His postwar duty included service at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, an assignment in Brazil as an armaments instructor to the Brazilian military and a position on the ROTC faculty at the University of Minnesota. In the early 1960s, he came to
Washington to serve in a naval intelligence unit.

On his Navy retirement, Mr. Kalla served in civilian jobs at the Defense Department until retiring from federal service in 1972.

In retirement, he became a college student, studying business and accounting at the University of Maryland and Prince George's Community College.

He lived in Bethesda and was born in Bessemer, Michigan.

Survivors include his wife, Rose A. Kalla of Bethesda; two daughters, Patricia Kalla-Smith of Bethesda and Susan Kalla-Hyman of Greenwich, Conn.; and three grandsons.


On Saturday, September 23, 2000, of Bethesda, MD, formerly of Oxon Hill, MD, devoted husband of Rose A. Kalla; beloved father of Patricia Anne Kalla-Smith of Bethesda, MD and Susan Kalla- Hyman (Martin) of Greenwich, CT; grandfather of Kallan and Connor Smith and M. Spencer Hyman; brother of Helen Lehtonen; brother-in-law of Thomas ”Buddy” Kane, Connie Kane and Martha Kalla.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Ft. Myer Chapel, Arlington, VA, on Friday, October 13, 2000, at 8:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 168th St., New York, NY 10032.

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