William Harvey Ayres, Jr. – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

William Harvey Ayres Jr., 74, a retired Navy captain who commanded a submarine, two submarine divisions and a tactical communications staff, died of amyloidosis September 12, 2000 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland.

Captain Ayres, who lived in Rockville, was a native of East Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1950, six years after he enlisted in the Navy. He also studied communications at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Part of his 30-year career as a commissioned officer was a stint as commander of the Pomodon, a submarine that underwent extensive upgrades and was said to be the most advanced underwater vessel of its time. After commanding a Navy station in Australia and two submarine divisions, he became chief of staff of the joint tactical communications at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

He retired from the Navy in 1980 and settled in the Washington area. He then worked for 10 years for Tracor Inc.'s offices in Rockville and Alexandria as a program manager supporting submarine combat system trainers.

His military decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Suzanne Ayres of Rockville; four sons, William H. Ayres III of Sunbury, England, Robert Ayres of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and John Ayres and Keith Ayres, both of San Diego; a sister; and five grandchildren.

AYRES, WILLIAM H., JR., CAPT, USN (Ret.) (Age 74)

On Tuesday, September 12, 2000, of Rockville, MD, beloved husband of Suzanne Ayres; loving father of John, William (wife, Jenny), Robert (wife, Pat) and CDR Keith Ayres, USNR (wife, Kim); loving brother of Gurney Ayres. Also survived by five grandchildren, Savanna, Hannah, Gregory, Millie and Ian Ayres. Friends will be received at PUMPHREY'S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Montgomery Ave. (Route 28, just off I-270), Rockville, MD, on Sunday, September 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, 6810 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852, on Monday, September 18, at 11 a.m. Interment will be held with full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, September 27, at 1 p.m. Please meet at the Administration Building by 12:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist Church.

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