Retired Supply Corps officer, Rear Adm. Douglas Lyness, passed away Feb. 16, 2013. An internment was held May 16 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
Rear Adm. Lyness retired with 32 years of Navy service on July1, 1973 while serving as Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Center, San Diego, with additional duty as Supply Officer on the staff of Commandant, Eleventh Naval District. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., he was a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota and named the outstanding graduate of his class in the School of Journalism. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He held an MBA Degree from Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., and was a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
Commissioned an Ensign in May 1941, he attended Naval Supply Corps School, Harvard University, graduating in September 1941. His first served as Assistant Supply officer, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Shipboard assignments include serving as Supply Officer aboard USS Cambria and USS General Ernst, both during World War II, and aboard USS Wright from 1951 to 1952. From 1955 to 1957, he served as the Supply and Logistics member on the staff of the U.S. Naval Mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Other assignments include Assistant Supply Officer, Long Beach Naval Shipyard from 1957 to 1960, and Planning Officer, later Executive Officer, of the Electronics Supply Office, Great Lakes, Ill., from 1960 to 1963. He served as Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Depot, Seattle, Wash., from 1964 to 1967, and at the same time also served as Supply Officer of the Thirteenth Naval District. From August 1967 to September 1968, he served as Commanding Officer, Fleet Material Support Office, Mechanicsburg, Pa. From September of 1968 until June of 1971, he served as Commanding Officer, Navy Resale System Office, Brooklyn, N.Y. In July of 1971, he assumed command of the Naval Supply Center, San Diego.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal-Europe Clasp, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Vietnam Service Medal.