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Ray Addicott, Captain USN, Ret.

Ray Addicott, Captain USN, Ret., died at his home in Berkeley, California on November 23, 2018. Born in Bellingham, Washington in 1938, Raymond Walter Addicott was the youngest of 10 children of Les and Hazel Addicott. Ray graduated from Bellingham High School in 1956.

He married his high school classmate Barbara Muir in 1959. They have two children, Allison and Michael. The family lived the typical life of a Navy family, moving frequently, as duty stations changed. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, children, and grandchildren Kerrigan, Madeleine, Alec and Emily, and great grandson Holland. He is also survived by brothers Les, Martin and Chuck Addicott.

Ray attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1961. Immediately drafted for military service in the US Army, instead he applied and was accepted into Naval Officer's Candidate School, in Newport, Rhode Island. Commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy in 1962, he thus began his 31 year naval career.

Although Ray had majored in Finance at UW, he adapted quickly to Navy life and excelled in all of his assignments. Over time, he became known for his sunny disposition and inspirational leadership. In short, he loved the Navy.

His initial sea duty was on board the USS Brister (DER-327) in Guam. His next duty station was as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis; subsequently he was assigned to the USS Black (DD-666) based in San Diego.

As a young Lieutenant, he was pleased to receive orders in 1968 to take command of the USS Madera County (LST-905). An amphibious vessel, the Madera County transported critical cargo up and down the Mekong River during the height of the Vietnam conflict.
His next assignments were at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington D.C., Amphibious Squadron 5 in San Diego, and Fleet Combat Training Center in San Diego.

He became a Lieutenant Commander, and received orders to serve as Executive Officer aboard the USS Cook (FF-1083). In 1977 he was promoted Commander and served as Captain of the USS Rathburne (FF-1057) based in Hawaii. In 1984 he was named Chief Planning Officer for the US Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan.

Upon returning from Japan, the family purchased their longtime home in the Berkeley Hills, where they continue to reside.

Captain Addicott's proudest moment was being selected for a Major Command in 1986, the USS Fox (CG-33), a guided missile cruiser and one of the Navy's premiere vessels. Based in San Diego, the ship operated in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War.

In 1990 he was appointed Commanding Officer of Military Sealift Command-Pacific which organized the logistics of the First Gulf War and the transport of millions of tons of supplies and equipment for the war effort as well as command of the hospital ship USNS Mercy.

Upon retirement from the Navy in 1992 Ray worked as Director of Continuing Education at Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo for two years, then co-founded a successful maritime training institute in San Diego which he and his partner managed for almost 20 years before he retired again in 2018. A memorial service will be held February 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. on the USS Hornet in Alameda, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be directed to non-profits that seek to protect the ocean and sea animals, the Surfrider Foundation, www.surfrider.org or the Marine Mammal Center, www.marinemammalcenter.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 13, 2019
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