George L. Apted – Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

George L. Apted, 74, a retired Navy Commander, died of cancer March 24, 2004, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a resident of Fairfax, Virgina.

Commander Apted was born in Yankton, South Dakota., and attended Yankton College before receiving a senatorial appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1953.

He served aboard the USS Walke and USS Forrestal in the weapons departments before entering the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and earning a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1960.

He served as a weapons officer aboard the USS Somers and USS Lynde McCormick. He was the commissioning executive officer aboard the USS Tattnall in 1963 and 1964 and then had a tour as an instructor in the weapons department at the Naval Academy. He was weapons officer aboard the USS Long Beach when he earned the Bronze Star for meritorious conduct in 1968. He also earned a Meritorious Service Medal for his work on weapons systems from 1974 to 1979.

In 1970, he transferred to engineering duty at Crystal City and became head of the navigation satellite section. This was followed by an assignment to the construction project information committee and then as a minor-caliber ordnance acquisition officer.

He retired in 1980. An avid Navy football fan, he sat in the same seat in the Annapolis stadium for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ann Apted of Fairfax; three children, Lee Apted of Durango, Colorado, Jay Apted of Centreville and Scott Apted of Manassas; and three grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 07/01/1952 – 07/01/1979
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 08/07/1929
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/24/2004
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/06/2004


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