I served with Doc on the Daniel Webster Gold Crew during the mid 60's and in fact lived down the street from him in Menriv Park. He was a great shipmate and will be missed. Our prayers are with your family.
I had the privilege of serving with Doc on Simon Bolivar. He was the first Corpsman with whom I served as a shipmate. He was kind, gentle, yet I knew he would take care of the crew. His demeanor instilled in me a great respect and influenced my Navy career. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the family.
To Bill's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss and share in your sorrow.
ETCS(ss) Arnold Vander Woude USN(Ret) Served with Bill on USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN641) and was a crew member on the USS Canberra (CAG2) when he selected the WWII Unknown Soldier.
Doc Charette was very special to us, the Gold Crew of the Simon Bolivar SSBN641. After a bit I was kind of proud at getting my butt chewed out by him when he treated me for a sliver of metal that got into my eye. I've always worn safety glasses since then when they merited wearing. I believe he loved the crew as much if not more than we loved him. Prayers go with you Doc on your eternal patrol. Frank Finecey, MM1ss 641G.
To Louise and Family,
On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Bill's passing. We grieve with you on the loss of your loved one. All SUBVETS and their families have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Doc will always be remembered as a “Brother of the Phin” and a great Patriot.
HMCM(SS) William "Doc" Charette
US Navy Retired
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate
Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, Base Chaplain