Walter Jones Stewart II – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Walter Jones Stewart II, 90, a retired Navy captain who was also a facility space administrator at the Goddard Space Flight Center, died of congestive heart failure September 19, 1998 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Annandale.

Captain Stewart was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His family moved to Washington when he was a teenager. He was a 1931 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received a master's degree in business from American University.

He served in the Pacific during World War II and lost an eye during the battle of the Komandorski Islands near the Aleutians. He retired in 1953 as chief of officer promotions for the Navy. His honors included a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

He worked for the General Services Administration before going to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He retired again in the mid-1970s.

Captain Stewart was a member of Army-Navy Country Club and was an amateur radio operator.

His wife of 62 years, Audrey Young Stewart, died in 1993. Their son Walter Jones “Jay” Stewart III, an Air Force captain and pilot, died in 1963 when his plane went down in the Atlantic during a training mission.

Survivors include a son, Norman M. Stewart of Falls Church; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

On Saturday, September 12, 1998, at Arlington Hospital, husband of the late Audrey Y. Stewart; father of Norman M. Stewart of Falls Church, VA and the late Walter J. ”Jay” Stewart, III; grandfather of Linda Rosen, Robert Stewart, Donna Stewart, Christopher Stewart and Jeffrey Stewart; great-grandfather of Lauren, Jessica and Steven. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, September 23, at 3 p.m.

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