Captain James C. Van Pelt, Sr., SC, USN (Ret) passed away on December 10, 2014. He was born on May 23, 1921, and grew up in Marion, Kentucky.
Capt. Van Pelt retired in August 1972 with 29 years of active service while serving on the Staff, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1943 and transferred to the Supply Corps in December 1946. Capt. Van Pelt received his bachelor’s degree from the Naval Academy, his master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate at George Washington University. Duty stations included: USS Purdy (DD 734); USS Steinaker (DD 863); Naval Supply Depot, Bayonne, N.J.; Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Washington, D.C.; USS Cavalier (APA 37); Staff, NROTC Unit, University of Michigan; Yards and Docks Supply Office, Port Hueneme, CA; Staff, Commander Service Squadron THREE; Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA; Bureau of Yards and Docks, Washington, D.C.; student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.; and Staff, Commander SIXTH Fleet.
Among many other military decorations he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroism as a ship’s gunnery officer in 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa. He served in the occupation of Japan, the Korean War.
He was predeceased by his wife. They are survived by three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A service was held May 4, 2015, at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery where he was laid to rest with full military honors.