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William H. Griffiths Jr., 83, a captain in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps who retired in 1971 as officer in charge of construction at the Naval Station in Washington, died September 1, 1998 at the Arleigh Burke Pavilion in McLean, Virginia. He had congestive heart failure.
Captain Griffiths was a native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and a graduate of Duke University. He worked for the North Carolina High Commission before World War II.
During the war, he served on the destroyer USS Herndon, which took part in invasions of France and Okinawa and in convoy assignments in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific and Yellow Sea.
He later was assigned to Hawaii, Japan, London, South Korea and Vietnam during the Vietnam War. His honors included two Legions of Merit. After he retired, he was an engineering consultant.
He was a member of the Retired Officers and Duke University Alumni associations.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Strange Griffiths of Alexandria; three children, Elizabeth G. Jackson of Falls Church, William H Griffiths of Adelphi and Richard Griffiths of Falls Church; two sisters; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
GRIFFITHS, WILLIAM H., JR.
Captain Civil Engineer Corps USN Ret.
On September 1, 1998, a resident of Alexandria, VA. Husband of Elizabeth Strange Griffiths, formerly of Louisburg, NC; father of Elizabeth G. Jackson, William H. and Richard Griffiths; brother of Elizabeth Clarke and Barbara Snowdon. He is also survived by two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, September 16 at 1 p.m. at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 4329 Sano St., Alexandria, VA. Interment to follow at 3 p.m., Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Family requests memorials be made to Baptist Children's Home, Salem, VA 24153.
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