Retired Supply Corps officer, Capt. Dale Kesselring
, 92, passed away Oct. 16, 2012. Burial services with full military honors were conducted at the Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
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Capt. Dale Kesselring
Capt. Kesselring retired Sept. 1, 1965 after 23 years of active Navy service. His final duty station was Executive Officer of the Navy Ship's Store Office in Brooklyn, N.Y. A native of Orland, Calif., he was born Dec. 29, 1919 and graduated from the University of California with a B.A. in History in May 1942. He began his active Navy service in August 1942, attended Navy Supply Corps School in Boston at Harvard. In June 1952, he was awarded an MBA from Stanford University. He also completed the Command and Staff Course at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. in June 1958.
During World War II, Capt. Kesselring saw extensive service in the Solomon Islands. While assigned to the USS St. Louis
(CL 49), known as the “Lucky Lou,” he participated in several battles, most notably the Battles of Kula Gulf and Kolombangara. The crew was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for these actions. While the ship was bombarding Green Island, she was struck by a bomb which killed 23 men aboard. Additional sea duty included assignments as Supply Officer aboard the USS Hornet
(CV 12), the USS Pollux
(AKS 4), and the USS Leyte
(CVS 32). Among his shore duty assignments were Naval Supply Center Oakland, Calif.; Naval Air Station Quonset Point, R.I.; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego; and Aviation Supply Officer, Philadelphia.
Capt. Kesselring was very active with the Navy League on the West Coast, and held many positions including National Director of Western Region. In November 1996 he was designated a National Director Emeritus.
His wife of 68 years passed away in December 2012. They are buried together. He is survived by two sons, Capt. Steven Kesselring SC USN (Retired) and Kenneth Kesselring, and three grandchildren.