Capt. HENRY CLAY TIPTON,
U.S.Navy (Ret.) (Age 100)
A veteran of WWII
and U.S. Naval Service from 1930 to 1965, died at home on January 12, 2013. He was born April 16, 1912 in Little Rock, AR and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935. At his death, Tip was the sixth oldest living graduate. While at the Academy, Tip was undefeated in wrestling and was invited to the 1936 Olympic Trials. Following graduation, he served aboard the battleship Tennessee and the destroyers Jarvis and Satterlee. He was married aboard the Jarvis on December 25, 1937 to the former Mary Isabelle Wood (d. 2007). He was serving aboard the destroyer Little when the US entered the war.
he did post graduate work in Marine Design Engineering at the US Naval Post Graduate School, Annapolis, MD. In December 1943, he joined the cruiser Philadelphia. Aboard that cruiser in the European Theater, he participated in the Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, invasion of Southern France, and the bombardment of the Formia-Anzio area. Aboard the Philadelphia, he served as chief navigator for the task force that carried President Truman to the Pottsdam Conference in 1945. Subsequent to WWII, he served successively as superintendent of the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Engineering Advisor on the Naval Technical Mission to Peru, Mechanical Lab Officer at the Engineering Experiment Station at Annapolis, MD, Head of the Turbine and Gear Branch in the Bureau of Ships and Planning Officer of the New York Naval Shipyard. Tip was transferred from there in 1959 to the Post of Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics on the Combined Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the US Atlantic Command, US Atlantic Fleet and the Western Atlantic NATO Command.
In 1965, Tip retired from the Navy and moved to Loudoun County, Virginia where he was Business Manager at the Foxcroft School until he retired from there in 1977 and moved to Leesburg, VA. In 1996, he moved to Falcons Landing in Potomac Falls and resided there at his death.
His survivors include his four children, John E."Jet" Tipton (USNA 1962) (Pam Catts), Patricia T. Longley (Chuck d. 1998), Abigail A. Tipton and Priscilla T. O'Donnell (Rob), and three grandchildren, Alexa L. Lewis, Henry Clay "Tip" O'Donnell and Robert J. "Robbie" O'Donnell, III. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Falcons Landing Benevolent Fund, Naval Academy Alumni Association, Foxcroft School, or The National Parks and Conservation Association. Interment will be at the Naval Academy cemetery in April. On line condolences may be sent to