From contemporary press reports
William Pierce Chilton a retired Navy Rear Admiral, 86, of the 3100 block of Shore Drive, died October 27, 1992.
Admiral Chilton was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended Auburn University and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1927.
During the early part of World War II he was in the Navy Bureau of Ordnance engaged in Naval gun procurement. He went to sea in staff planning and gunnery duties in Amphibious Group One, participating in the attacks on Saipan, Palau, Ulithi, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V. He had also served on the Pacific Fleet Staff at Pearl Harbor.
His last duty assignment was in command of the USN Mine Depot in Yorktown. He retired after 35 years to live in Norfolk, Virginia.
Was a member of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Norfolk; trustee and president of the Hermitage Foundation and a member of the Hermitage Auxiliary Foundation; past president of the Edgewater Association; and member and director of the English Speaking Union. He was also a member of US Naval Academy Alumni Assocation, the Retired Officers Association, The Norfolk Society of Arts and The Chrysler Museum.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Gresham Chilton.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 pm Friday in Westminster-Canterbury Chapel by the Rev. Hugh C. White III and the Rev Richard L. Vinson. Burial will be at 2 pm November 2, in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship Fund.
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