John William Newland Jr.

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WHEATON, Md. On Wednesday, October 12, 2005, Captain John William Newland Jr., US Navy Retired, of Wheaton, died at the Brooke Grove Nursing Home, Sandy Spring, Md. Capt. Newland was born in Cohoes, N.Y. in 1921, son of John William Newland and Gertrude May Frye. After graduating from Waterford High School, Waterford, N.Y., he entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1939 and was commissioned in June 1942. After graduation, he was initially assigned to USS Ranger (CV-4) and then to the USS Denver(CL-58), on which he participated in both the Solomon Islands and the Marianas Campaigns. In July 1944, he reported aboard USS Topeka (CL-67) as communications officer. After World War II, he twice attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. First in 1945 and again from 1948-1951, receiving a Certificate of Completion in Command Communications, a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. equivalent in electronics engineering. From November 1945 to April 1948, Capt. Newland served in Japan on the staff of Commander Support Group, Far East. After postgraduate school, he served in the Mediterranean as navigator of USS Des Moines (CA-134) and, in Feb 1954, reported to U.S. Naval Communications Station, Honolulu, Hawaii, serving first as operations officer and then as executive officer. Capt. Newland was given his first ship command, USS Mackenzie (DD-836), in July 1956. In July 1961, after almost three years in communications on the staff of CINCPACFLT, he was assigned as commander of Destroyer Escort Squadron 5. Fourteen months later, he returned to U.S. Naval Communications Station, Honolulu, Hawaii as commanding officer. He was subsequently transferred to the staff of CINPAC. In May 1965, he became the CO of the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1), the Navy's first major communication relay ship, and supported combat operations in Southeast Asia after sailing from Norfolk through the Suez Canal to the Tonkin Gulf. He completed a short tour with the Naval Ships System Command in Washington DC, prior to reporting as Commander Service Squadron 4 in Norfolk, Va., a group of 22 supply vessels servicing the US Atlantic Fleet. He retired in 1970 with over 28 years of active service. Capt. Newland's commendations included: Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), National Defense Service Medal (two stars), Navy Occupation Service Medal, China Service Medal, Victory Medal (World War II), Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (four stars), American Theatre Medal, American Defense Medal (one star), Vietnam Service Medal (one star) and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Following his military career, he joined the fleet systems department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., where he supervised the Command, Control and Communication Project Office. He was a member of the APL's Principal Professional Staff and was responsible for the direction of over 50 projects devoted to providing practical solutions for the Navy's critical problems in strategic and tactical command and control. He again retired in 1983. Captain Newland was a Washington, DC area resident for over 35 years. He enjoyed reading, sailing and financial planning. He volunteered many hours to help widows of retired service men sort through their finances after the death of their spouses and he was a member of the United States Navy Retired Officers Association. He was an avid sailor who loved cruising the Chesapeake Bay on his 30-foot Cape Dory Secundina, along with occasional deep water trips up the Atlantic coast and to Bermuda. He had a good sense of humor, could play a memorable surprise Santa Claus at the family holiday party and will be fondly remembered by collogues and friends alike. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Cele Marie Newland, the former Miss Cele Cicchinelli of Waterford, N.Y.; his son, John W. Newland III and daughter-in-law Barbara A. Newland. His final place of rest will be in Punch Bowl National Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii. In Capt. Newland's honor, memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004.
Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 6, 2005