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June 04, 2018
Captain McWethy was my CO on the Providence (CLG-6).I am an Annapolis graduate and failed YP's (ship handling) and got a "D" on the repeat while there. An admiral commented, I recently saw on-line, that Capt. McWethy was "best ship handler he had ever known; he was one with the ship". Capt. McWethy had many ship building exercises on the Providence, and commented in my fitness report that I "exhibited on many occasions my excellent knowledge of seamanship and ship handling ability", very ironic considering my YP experience at Annapolis. My career in the Navy was quite controversial, yet Capt. McWethy recognized my skills and allowed me, a very young junior officer, to take the ship in and out of port. He also commented on my short-comings which was fair. He mentioned to me that he had a son my age, and enjoyed his Arctic duty in particular that he expanded on when he was on the bridge with me.

He supported my in-country NILO (intelligence) interest but the orders were cancelled by his successor for my extreme partying, perhaps fortuitous considering the position, as it was found in later years, was a dangerous job with excursions into Cambodia. My father died when I was 3 years old, so I tended to be an individualist. Capt. McWethy was the only senior officer who recognized the good skills I possessed, either at Annapolis or on active duty.

In later years I realized that his son my age was a TV journalist. I was greatly saddened by his tragic passing.

The class of '69 is soon having its 50th reunion. They have asked for everyone to write up a summation of their life. My write up focused on Capt. McWethy. The class will know about his kindness to me and his greatness. I proved my mettle to him. He was the best in many ways so it counted.

I am now quite hearing impaired, so I could not have stayed in the Navy even if I wished. But Capt. McWethy is solely responsible for my love of the Navy and the Naval Academy. I did okay in private life, a VPHR at age 37, and a HR Director for the federal government for the last 8 years of my career. Hearing loss always was a problem, but I managed to age 65.

So, I just wanted to express my condolences, and was happy that he had such a long and prosperous life. You should rightfully be very, very proud of him. I owe him much.

[email protected] if you would like his fitness report on me.
February 15, 2018
On behalf of everyone from Navy Sailing at the Academy, we offer our condolences to CAPT McWethy's family.

The program he helped build still endures in our present day Offshore Sail Training Squadron, for professional development and cruise credit. We continue to present the McWethy Award for outstanding seamanship to a 3/C Midshipman at our annual Fall Awards.

Wishing you fair winds and following seas CAPT McWethy.

Renee Mehl
Offshore Sail Training Squadron
US Naval Academy
February 12, 2018
To the McWethy Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Robert's passing. We grieve with you on the loss of your loved one and our shipmate. The SUBVETS will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Robert, who earned his 'fish' when he qualified on submarines during World War II, will always be remembered as a Brother of the Phin, a member of our Greatest Generation, and a great Patriot. BRAVO ZULU SHIPMATE!!

CAPT(SS) Robert D. McWethy
US Navy WWII Submarine Veteran Retired
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, MTCM(SS) USN Ret.
Base Chaplain
February 11, 2018
My condolences to Capt. McWethy's family. My father, Ernie Castillo, worked for Captain McWethy in the 60s and was tapped by him to command Naval Facility Keflavik when it first opened. I remember sailing with them one afternoon in Norfolk and staying as guests in their home just a few days before my mother took my sister and I to join my father in Keflavik.

I also recall a blustery March kite making and flying party where various awards were given. My mother, Anne, made a kite out of a postage stamp and received an award for the smallest kite.

My father Ernie passed away early Monday morning, Feb 5. I know that the Captain and he are sharing some great stories in heaven of how much they accomplished for the US over the Soviets.

God bless you sir and all you did for my father and our country!
February 10, 2018
Captain McWethy, or Uncle Bob, as we came to call him, will always hold a very special place in our memories. What a great honor and privilege it was to get to know him in the later years of his life and to learn of his service. Among all the giants from the McWethy families who grew up in the Fox River Valley of Illinois, Bob is certainly on the top tier. We thank his family for sharing him and caring for him. Nancy and Jim Hopp
February 08, 2018
As a JO in 65-68 the Captain was always very good to me as far as duty stations ie Kef, then Bermuda.. I took him skindiving a couple of time while at NavFac Eleuthera. I visited him a year or so ago at his home.. Still sharp and pleasant. May he Rest in Peace.
Bud Hilton
February 06, 2018
He was my CO 1965-67 in Norfolk while he was Commander Oceanographic Systems Atlantic. Even though I left the Navy, it was through his influence that I pursued a career in marine science. Only in recent years did I reconnect and appreciate his friendship. He was, indeed, of the Greatest Generation" and a life well lived.
February 06, 2018
Capt. McWethy will always be remembered and loved for the dedicated service and training he provided to our offshore racing crews. He was on board Avenger with us in the 1982 Newport Bermuda Race when we had a structural failure of one of our inner rods high up on our rig. Of course, this happened in the middle of the Atlantic at midnight but Capt. McWethy never panicked and neither did we. His calm demeanor in a crisis situation where we could have lost our mast during a hair-raising trip to the masthead that night is something that sticks with me all of these years and taught me a lot about being calm in dangerous offshore situations to this day. Fair Winds and Following Seas Captain! Thank you for all you did for the USNA, the Navy Submarine Service and Navy Sailing.
February 05, 2018
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on Robert's passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. We are forever grateful for Robert's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our Brother of the Phin we say, Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country.

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way" 2 Thess 3:16

Robert Devon McWethy CAPT(SS), US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.

Bill Dixon, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.
February 05, 2018
CAPT McWethy was extremely generous with his time and his stories. The Naval Submarine League greatly appreciated him allowing us to interview him as he shared his career and his insights. He is missed, and we were all blessed by his presence.

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Brotherhood of the Dolphin Admiral Weakly's HU-16 with Captain McWethy on a trip to  the NavFac's 1967

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