From a contemporary press report:
Gordon Richard Nagler, 73, a Navy vice admiral whose 39-year military career included seven sea commands, died of a heart attack July 11, 1998 at his home in Alexandria.
Admiral Nagler retired from the Navy in 1984 after having served four years as director of command and control on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. His sea commands included command of a 12-ship cruise destroyer group and command of a heavy cruiser, a cruiser, a destroyer, a destroyer escort, a minesweeper and a patrol ship.
From 1974 to 1976, Admiral Nagler was commander of Naval telecommunications on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Admiral Nagler also served on the staffs of the commander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet and the Pacific Fleet, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of the Atlantic Fleet mine force.
Admiral Nagler, a resident of Alexandria since 1980, was born in Baltimore and attended Duke University as part of a World War II Navy program. He was commissioned as an ensign shortly before the war ended.
In 1946, he participated in Admiral Richard E. Byrd's expedition to Antarctica. Later he served aboard one of the last Navy ships to operate out of Tsingtao, China, before the Communist takeover.
He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Naval Postgraduate School. His decorations included a Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Services Commendation Medal.
After retiring from the Navy, Adm. Nagler became vice president of Washington operations for Harris Corp., an electronics and government systems communications firm.
He retired from civilian employment in 1995.
His wife of 47 years, Nannette, died in 1994.
Survivors include two sons, James Nagler of Fredericksburg, Va., and Richard Nagler of Manassas; and four grandchildren.
NAGLER, GORDON RICHARD, VADM, USN (Ret.)
On July 11, 1998; husband of the late Nannette Nagler. He is survived by his two sons, James of Fredericksburg, VA and Richard of Manassas, VA; a daughter-in-law, Mary; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also survived by his sister, Lois Wolfe of Honolulu, HI. A service will be held on July 24 at 9 a.m. at the Ft. Myer Post Chapel, followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hemophilia Federation, 909 Beaujolais Pkwy., Maurice, LA 70555.
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