Retired Navy Supply Corps officer, Capt. Charles Gardner, Jr., died Oct. 21, 2012, in Alexandria, Va.
He enlisted in the Navy Reserve in Broken Bow, Nev., in May 1940, and moved to the Reserve unit in Washington, D.C., where he attended Randles Preparatory School. He received a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the Naval Academy in June 1941.
After graduating in June 1944, he was commissioned in the Navy Supply Corps and attended the Supply Corps School at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. After graduation, he served as Supply Officer aboard USS Remey (DD 688) to fight and win the war in the Pacific, and came away with three Battle stars on his Pacific Campaign Ribbon and a Bronze Star Medal.
After the war, he served in the Navy Reserve Fleet, the Naval Ordnance Plant in Alexandria, Va., and the Navy Bureau of Supplies and Accounts before going back to sea as Supply Officer aboard USS Norfolk (DL 1), USS Mars (AFS 1), and special tours aboard USS Albany (CA 123), USS Wisconsin (BB 64), and the presidential yacht, Williamsburg, on President Harry Truman’s last trip to Key West. He also served at Subic Bay, Philippines; SPCC Mechanicsburg, Pa.; NSD, Long Beach, Calif.; and with management education at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. His last sea duty was as Assistant Chief of Staff, Commander, Service Group Three.
After 30 years of dedicated service, he retired and went to work for TRW, and continued working on several important Navy projects.
He is survived by his wife and three children. A memorial service was held Nov. 1, 2012, followed by funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 14.