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William Allen West

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WEST, WILLIAM ALLEN Commander William Allen West, a resident of Florence, Oregon, died on Oct. 16, 2004. He was 73 years of age. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1980 after serving over 30 years. Following a period of service with the Florida State National Guard, Commander West entered the Navy in 1950, at the outbreak of the Korean War, as a Recruit from his home State of Florida. He was promoted through all enlisted ranks at that time and served as a Chief Radioman until he was commissioned an Ensign in 1961. He was decorated on his retirement in 1980 with the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, and earned a number of other decorations including the Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Asia-Pacific Theater Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. Commander West was a Communications Specialist and served in many foreign posts as well as on various naval ships (USS Leonard F. Mason, USS Edson, USS Annapolis). His foreign service included duty in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, Greece, and England. Commander West served on the Staff of the Commander, Naval Forces, Japan; and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and U.S. Commander of NATO Forces in the Eastern Atlantic. While on duty in the Pentagon, Commander West served as the Communications Officer for the Navy Department Duty Officer. He retired from the Navy in San Diego while serving as Communications Officer for the Southern California area and Operations Officer for the Southern California area and Operations Officer for the U.S. Naval Communications Station San Diego in 1980. Following his naval career, Commander West launched a new career in the Computer Security field with Science Applications International Corporation, a high technology, employee-owned company headquartered in La Jolla. Commander West was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York in 1931 and is survived by his wife, Virginia Lee West, a son, Richard of Pacific Grove, California, and three daughters, Laura Conley, Leslie Carey, and Kathleen Jackson, all residing in the San Diego area. Commander West was a member of the Military Order of the World Wars, the Military Officers Association of America (the old TROA), the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, the Fleet Reserve Association and the Elks. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 27, 2004
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