Norman E. Larsen
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Norfolk - Norfolk-Norman E. Larsen passed away January 15, 2013. He was born in Saunders County Nebraska on October 29, 1926, the second son of Henry M. and Bessie (Conrad) Larsen. Enlisted in Naval Aviation cadet Program on December 15, 1943. Received his Commission as Ensign U.S. Navy and his Naval Aviator wings in November 1946. His first operational tour of duty was in Fighter Squadron fourteen home-ported in San Diego, California. Completed a round the World Cruise on board USS Tarawa CV-40 in 1947-48followed by a tour as a Gunnery Instructor at Pensacola Florida.
Next came Photo Reconnaissance training and Jet transition followed by a tour as a Night Attack and Special weapons delivery pilot again home-ported in San Diego and on board USS Essex CVA-9. He completed Aviation Safety Officers School at the University of Southern California in 1955 and General Line School in Monterey, California in 1957.
H e received a BA degree from the University of Nebraska in 1958 and was ordered to the Naval Aviation Safety Center as an Accident Investigator where he received several commendations for successful solutions to Aviation accidents in swept wing Jet Aircraft in the Naval Aviation inventory. A tour as Assistant Air Officer on USS Valley Forge CVS-45 followed.
He was in the 32nd Class at the Armed forces Staff College in Norfolk in 1962 and was then ordered to Attack Squadron Sixty five as Executive officer, stationed on USS Enterprise CVN-65. He fleeted up to Commanding Officer in May 1964 and completed another round the World Cruise that year as part of "Operation Sea Orbit" which comprised the first three Nuclear powered ships; Enterprise, Long Beach and Bainbridge.
His next tour was as Head Aviation Officer placement in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington. A tour as Navigator and then Executive Officer of USS Independence CVA-62 followed. He was selected for Captain in 1967 and was ordered to the Office of Strategic Plans and Policy in the Pentagon.
He was then selected for the Senior Course at the Naval War College at Newport Rhode Island where upon graduation in 1970 was selected as the "distinguished graduate". Concurrently he completed the requirements for a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island under a cooperative program with the War College.
He was then selected for deep draft command and was ordered as Commanding Officer of the USS Vermilion LKA107. He later commanded the USS ArcturusAF52.
He completed his Navy career as Director of Fleet Plans on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, where he retired on June1, 1975, after 31 years.
He was able to make use of his graduate degree in a second career in Virginia State government with the Marine Resources Commission as a Division Chief in charge of the regulation of State-owned waters, tidal wetlands and primary coastal sand dunes. During that job he was awarded the Army Commanders award for Public Service. He retired from State government November 1, 1988, after 14 years.
He then devoted the next 15 years to the game of golf, as his 3rd career, at Embassy Woods in Naples, Florida and Naples Heritage golf and country Club where they owned a Villa and at Cypress Point Country Club in Virginia Beach where they owned a town house.
He has lived at Harbor's Edge since January 15, 2007. He is a member of First Lutheran Church in Norfolk.
He was married to the former Marian Brewer from December 25, 1946 until her death in October 2009. He has a Son David Larsen in Charlottesville, Virginia and a daughter Mrs. Deborah Larson Mansfield in Norfolk. The marriage produced seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
The viewing will be at Hollomon- Brown Funeral Home on Tidewater Drive on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 4:00 till 6:00. The funeral will be at First Lutheran Church on Colley Avenue in Norfolk at 1:00 on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The reception will follow at Harbors Edge at 1 Colley Avenue. Burial will be limited to family. Donations can be sent to CHKD or First Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Condolences may be made to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 18, 2013