ULSTER PARK- Captain Norman 'Breezy' Chaffee Bohan, U.S.N., Retired, 91, of Ulster Park, died Friday, March 22, 2013 at Arleigh Burke Pavilion in McLean, Va. He was born Feb. 27, 1922 in Far Rockaway, N.Y., the son of the late Thomas and Alice Chaffee Bohan.
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He was the husband of Mary 'Fran' Frances Stout Bohan, they wed in Nov. of 1944.
He was a graduate of Kingston High School, Cochran Bryan Prepatory School and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland, class of 1944. As a teenager he was a Boy Scout, earning his Eagle Scout and a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
After graduating the Naval Academy, he served as a gunnery officer on the U.S.S. Fitch. During World War II he saw duty in the North Atlantic, Central Atlantic, and Mediterranean and participated in the invasions of Normandy. He then served in the Pacific until the end of World War II.
His distinguished career included many duty stations, awards, and citations; of local interest, in 1955 he took command of the destroyer escort Joyce. He visited Kingston with the Joyce on Memorial Day 1956, under his Command; the ship was awarded the Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency Award. His service medals included the American Defense, American Theater Campaign, European-African-Middle East Campaign, World War II Victory, Korean Service, United Nations, China Service, Navy Expeditionary, and Armed Forces Expeditionary medals. Captain Bohan retired after 29 years of serving his country.
He was a parishioner of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, was past Commander and a very active member of American Legion Post #1298, Esopus, American Legion Boy's State and was a founder and very active member of the Klyne Esopus Historical Society.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, David J. Bohan of Oak Hill, Va., Michael S. Bohan of Edgewater, Fla., Barbara R. New of Norfolk, Va., Richard A. Bohan of Southlake, Texas, Stephen W. Bohan of Ft. Wayne Ind. and Jana Forshey of Glen Allen, Va.; a sister, Mary Bohan of Tucson, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a niece, Debbi Sheeley Berry of Shokan.
Entrusted to the care of Eric Keyser, Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 216 Broadway, Port Ewen, N.Y. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The procession will form Wednesday 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 10 a.m.
Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Port Ewen with military honors.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Klyne Esopus Historical Society, P.O. Box 180, Ulster Park, N.Y., 12487 or the American Legion Post #1298, Esopus.
Members of American Legion Post #1298 are requested to meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Ira Weiner, commander.
Light a candle in memory of Norm at www.Key serFuneralService.com.
Published in Daily Freeman on Mar. 26, 2013