From a contemporary press report:
Paul W. Schlegel, 80, a retired Navy commander and pilot who was deputy program manager of the Navy's F-18 project, died April 13, 2001, at Arlington Hospital. He had cancer.
Commander Schlegel, who lived in McLean, retired in 1964 from the Bureau of Naval Weapons. He had worked for the Navy Sea Systems Command until 1993.
He served in the Pacific during World War II, fighting in the battles of Coral Sea, Solomon Islands and Midway. He later served in Japan.
Commander Schlegel was a native of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Albright College in Pennsylvania.
His honors included the Navy Cross and two Air Medals.
He was a founding member of Westwood Country Club and a member of Army Navy Country Club.
His marriage to Helen Bass ended in divorce, and his second wife, Lorna Hadlock Schlegel, died in 1989.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Susanne Scott of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two sons from his second marriage, Scott Christian Schlegel of Alexandria and Paul Thomas Schlegel of Arlington; two brothers; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
SCHLEGEL, PAUL W. COMMANDER, USN (RET.)
On Friday April 13, 2001 PAUL W. SCHLEGEL, of McLean, VA. Beloved father of Paul Thomas and Scott Christian Schiegel and Susanne Scott; brother of Joseph and Abraham Schlegel; grandfather of Andrew, Lindsay and Daniel Schlegel, Dawn and Mandy Scott. Funeral services at Arlington Cemetery. Call 703-750-7887 for details. Contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society of the Oncology Unit, Children's Hospital.
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