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Obituary (DC): Charles Martin Shuey '47

Posted on 04/05/2018

Lt. Commander Charles Shuey, USN (Ret.), age 93 of Washington, DC, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. He was born June 21, 1924, son of George R. and Emma S. Shuey and raised in Independence, CA and Reno and Fallon, NV. He received c congressional appointment from Nevada to the United States Naval Academy in 1943 and graduated in June 1946 as a member of the 21st Company in the USNA Class of 1947. After graduation, Commander Shuey served 20 years on active duty. At sea he served on the USS Earle, USS Towhee, USS Gyatt, USS Conger, USS Raton, USS Barbero, USS Cubera and USS Tortuga. In September 1949 Commander Shuey met Ms. Veronica Ann Walsh in Manhattan, NY. They married in Chicago 18 months later and had nine children, Kathleen of Laurel, MD; Charles II of Cape Canaveral, FL, John of Palo Alto, CA, Susan of Annapolis, MD, Stephan of Great Falls, VA, Michael of Hartford, CT, Maureen of Ashland, MA, Mark of Frederick, MD and Patrick Joseph of Annapolis, MD. After serving on the USS Raton, Commander Shuey attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA, where he specialized in Fire Control and Ordnance Systems. After graduation in 1956 Commander Shuey received special orders to report to the USS Barbero, a Regulus guided missile-carrying submarine, where he was responsible for the guided missiles. In 1958 Commander Shuey was ordered to report to the US Navy Special Project Office (SPO 23) to manager a portion of the Polaris Missile Development Program. During this assignment Commander Shuey traveled frequently to the United Kingdom where he coordinated this installation of Polaris Missiles into the United Kingdom's naval fleet. Commander Shuey retired from the Navy in 1966 and joined General Electric to work in the NASA Apollo SPACE Program. In 1969 he joined Vitro Labs in Aspen Hill, MD on the Mark 48 Torpedo program. Commander Shuey spent 20 years at Vitro Labs. A private family celebration in honor of Commander Shuey is scheduled. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 5, 2018