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Capt. Seymour "Sey" Dombroff, USN (Ret)


Former Suntree resident, Captain Seymour (Sey) Dombroff, answered his last hail on November 15, 2012, in Fairfax, Virginia.

Born in New York City in 1918, Sey graduated from Brooklyn College and was obtaining his masters degree in bacteriology at the University of Oregon when the United States entered WW II. He graduated from Midshipman school aboard USS Prairie State in 1942 and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He saw service in the Pacific during WW II and Korea. A life-long "black-shoe" Destroyer sailor, he served as XO of USS O'Bannon during the Korean War, and commanded USS Miller, USS McGinty and USS Decatur in the 50's. He also commanded Destroyer Division 322 and Destroyer Squadron 36. Shore assignments included tours at The Pentagon, Norfolk and Key West.

He retired to the Melbourne, FL area in 1972 and moved to the Virginian in Fairfax in 2007.

Married to Estelle Margolis (who survives him) in 1943, they had two children, Jeff Dombroff (of Warrenton, VA) and Wendy Sternberg (of Bala Cynwyd, PA). He is also survived by daughter-in-law, Susan Dombroff and son-in-law, Michael Sternberg, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren along with countless friends.

Internment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.




Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Nov. 20, 2012
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