Cdr James Washington Holmes(1924 - 2014)

CDR James

Washington Holmes

1924 2014

CDR James (Jim) Washington Holmes, Jr. US Navy (ret) passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

CDR Holmes was born in Nashville, TN on September 5, 1924 to Beatrice (Arrington) and James Washington Holmes, Sr. In November 1941 at the age of 17, CDR Holmes joined the U S Navy, and retired with 30 years of faithful service. He spent his 30 year military career with the submarine forces, mostly in the Pacific. At the end of WWII, he entered Tokyo Bay with the Navy Fleet and witnessed the WWII Japanese Surrender Ceremony. Thereafter, he served in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean areas on various submarines, submarine staffs and the submarine missile programs. CDR Holmes was one of five servicemen selected by the Navy for testing missiles for deployment from submarines. When he retired from the Navy in 1971, CDR Holmes went to work in the missile industry with a private contractor for 16 years in Washington, DC. In 1986, CDR Holmes and his wife Helen retired to Pensacola. He was a lifetime member of the Submarine Veterans of WWII, and protestant by faith.

His parents; wife, Helen Johnson Holmes; two sisters, Healon Holmes and Virginia Ann Lane and brother, John Holmes preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, James Stuart Holmes of Dumfries, VA; two grandchildren, Melissa Salkeld (Andrew) of Edmund, OK and Brian Holmes (Charlene) Milton FL; five great grandchildren, Tristain Holmes, Ashley Holmes, Andrew Salkeld, Lauren Salkeld and Cory Salkeld.

Funeral Cortege will depart Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel at 11:15am on Monday, April 21, 2014 for a Graveside Service at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:45am, with full military honors. CDR Holmes will be then laid to rest next to his wife Helen.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 20, 2014