William Eugene Trueblood
William Eugene Trueblood
  • January 16, 1930 - March 6, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Captain William E. Trueblood, USN (Ret) of Annapolis, MD passed on March 6, 2017. He was 87 years old. Bill was born in Bloomington, Indiana on January 16, 1930, the son of Raymond and Hazel Trueblood. His father died when Bill was 2, and he was raised by his mother Hazel, grandfather Emerson and grandmother Pearl.

He attended Indiana University for two years prior to entering the U. S. Naval Academy, where he graduated with distinction in 1953. Following graduation, Bill’s first tour of duty was on the USS Mt. McKinley (AGC-7) where is served as a Communication Watch Officer and Gunnery Officer during an extended deployment to Korea and Japan. In June 1955, Bill reported to Post Graduate School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, where he received a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and the Professional Degree, Naval Engineer in June 1958. Immediately following, Bill reported to Submarine School, New London, CT graduating in March 1960. He qualified in Submarines aboard the USS Quillback (SS 424) homeported in Key West, FL. In April 1960, Bill was ordered to San Francisco Naval Shipyard where he served as Docking Officer, Ship Superintendent, and Assistant Planning and Estimating Superintendent for Submarines, and ultimately earning distinction of Designated Ship Engineering Duty Officer (EDO).

Additional career assignments and duty stations included

Repair Officer, USS Fulton (AS 11), New London, CT, Assistant Planning and Estimating Superintendent, Nuclear Submarines and Combat Systems Superintendent, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH, Project Manager for Engineering Development of Attack Submarine (AN/BQQ-5), Trident Submarine (AN/BQQ-6) and surface ship (AN/SQQ-23) sonar systems, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, Director of the Advanced Ships Concepts Office, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, Executive Officer of the Naval Ship Weapons Systems Engineering Station, Port Hueneme, CA, Officer in Charge Newport Laboratory of the Underwater Systems Center, Newport, RI. Bill’s final assignment and duty station was as the Ship Acquisition Project Manager for the Guided Missile Patrol Combatant Hydrofoil (PHM) and Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Ship Programs - Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC.

Bill retired in 1982 after proudly serving the US Navy and his country for 29 years. He was a respected Naval Officer, well-loved by those he commanded and those he served under.

Following retirement, Bill spent the next 16 years working for Ram Corporation, Martin Marietta, Annapolis Travel and Anne Arundel Community College until ultimately spending his remaining years with his beloved wife Karen.

He is survived by Karen, his wife of 63 years, three sons, Capt. Thomas R. Trueblood, USMC (Ret.) of Norfolk, VA, Capt. James W. Trueblood, USN (Ret.) of Redington Beach, FL , John W. Trueblood of Virginia Beach, VA, one daughter, Karen A. Husketh of Fairfax, VA along with 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Following the memorial service at the Chapel, Bill will be interred at the U.S. Naval Academy columbarium on the US Naval Academy grounds. A reception will immediate follow at the Class of ’53 deck inside Dahlgren Hall. All are welcome to attend both.