TURNER, CDR David H. MSC, USN, RET 90, One of the Greatest of the Greatest Generation fought his last battle and went to be with his Maker on Dec. 1, 2012. He was born in Mount Vernon, OH on March 2, 1922. From Seaman Apprentience to Commander his military experiences and accomplishments demonstrated endurance through times of war and promotion thru the ranks. Turner left home and high school to enlist in the Navy on July 6, 1940. He complet ed his first training at Hospital Corps School in Portsmouth, VA. He then was as signed to C-Medical Co. of the 3rd Marine Brigade which joined the First Marine Div. in September 1942 on Guadalcanal, seeing fierce action. After a brief period in Melbourne, Australia for retraining, he was assigned to the First Marine Regiment. Christmas Day 1943 found the Regiment ordered to stop a Japanese attemt to build an airstrip on Cape Glouster, Soloman Islands which they did in 48 hours. Turner's next assignment was in Norfolk, VA for training as an Independant Duty Pharmacist Mate. He was then ordered to the USS WEBER which was assigned as a picket ship off Okinawa to protect troops as they secured the Island. Thru many frequent Kamikaze attacks the Weber fortunately remained unscathed. In August 1945, two Atomic Bombs were dropped during the Weber's journey to Japan. Turner was asked to go ashore on Nagasaki by a Navy Doctor four days after the second bomb drop. During a 12 hour period young Turner witnessed horrific devastation including a school sheltering badly scarred survivors. The team treated the victims as best they could. The Atomic Energy Commission monitered Turner due to his exposure. The VA subsequently granted his disability benefits for physical harm associated with radiation exposure as well as other service connected disabilities. In 1946 Turner scored high on the qualifying exam for Medical Service Corps as one of 22 enlisties commissioned as Ensign. He was referred to as a Mustang (1940 enlistees who served until the end of WWII). His 34 year Naval Career spanned from WWII thru Vietnam, and he retired as a Commander in 1974. His numerous medal awards include two Presidental Unit Citations, China Service Medal, American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with five stars, WWII Victory Medal, National Defence Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and service medals for Korea and Vietnam, two foreign decorations:the 50th Anniversary Guadalcanal Landing Medal from the Solomon Islands and the Korean War Service Medal on that War's 50th Anniversary. After residing in Arlington, VA until 1989, he and his wife, Kay moved to Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor where they became very active in this community. Turner's H/L volunteer involvement included: 18 years organizing the Veterans Day Ceremony; Pontoon Boat Captian on Lake Tarpon; President of the Men's Club for 4 years; Starter-Ranger; Neighborhood Watch; organizer of the Jam Lakers. His most loved activity was performing in H/L Little Theater as a cast member for many years. David volunteered in numerous capacities in Pinellas County including serving as a Poll Worker for National and State Elections; Sheriff's Advisory Board; Clearwater City Players. In addition, he volunteered at MacDill AFB PharmaCare for over 15 years. He was always the first to give generously and the last to receive. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Above all his priorities were GOD, FAMILY, COUNTRY!!! CDR Turner is survived by his loving wife, Kay; his son, David of Escondido, CA; daughter, Katherine of Bonner's Ferry, ID; son, Daniel of Ellensburg, WA; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. ANCHORS AWEIGH, COMMANDER...FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEA. SEMPER FI... Services at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church on Dec. 5th, 10 am to 12 pm, viewing and memorial to follow. In lieu fo flowers, donations may be made to the Suncoast Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Visit CurlewHills.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 4, 2012