Capt. Danny J. Michaels USN, (Ret)
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Danny J. Michaels
Virginia Beach - Capt. Danny J. Michaels, USN, (Ret), 80, 30-year Naval Officer, Fighter Pilot and King Neptune VII, departed the pattern on 2 July, 2013. He passed away at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born October 23, 1932, in Charlotte, NC, son of James B. and Eleni I. Michaels. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of 1956, completed flight training in Beeville, Texas, and served as a flight instructor there before reporting to his first fleet fighter squadron.
He met his wife of 52 years, Effie, while visiting his grandparents in Greece on a port call from the carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42).
During his 30 year Navy career, Capt. Michaels attained over 5,000 flight hours and hundreds of carrier landings in various fighter aircraft, most in the F-4 Phantom, which he flew for nearly 20 years. His flying tours were with Fighter Squadrons 14, 74, 102, 101, and 103. He completed two combat deployments to Vietnam, served as Assistant Air Boss on USS Independence and was the Navy's first F-4 pilot on exchange duty with the Air Force's 4453rd Tactical Training Wing. He commanded the Sluggers of Fighter Squadron 103 and Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana from 1978-80. His staff tours included twice with the Bureau of Naval Personnel and as Chief of Staff, Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight. He attended Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America and the Association of Naval Aviation.
In 1980, Capt. Michaels was chosen as King Neptune VII for his efforts in forging a better relationship between NAS Oceana and the City of Virginia Beach. He also ran for Va. Beach City Council in the mid-80s.
After retiring from the Navy in 1982, he became very involved in the city and community. He was Chairman of the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Board of Directors and Chairman of the Virginia Beach United Way Advisory Board. He served on the boards of the Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Beach Mayor's Base Economic Study and Transportation Committees, and the Virginia Beach Schools Curriculum Task Force. He was also a member of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club, serving as president 1994-95 and was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Capt. Michaels was an active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk, where he served on the Parish council, was a member of the Order of AHEPA, and chaired and emceed the March 25th Greek Independence Day celebration for 13 years. He was honored as a Father of the Year just this Father's Day.
He was a true leader, selflessly devoted to his family, the Navy, and the community. His gentle smile and encouraging demeanor inspired confidence in everyone he knew and met.
He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother, Basil J. Michaels. He is survived by his wife, Effie; his son Jim Michaels, PhD, daughter-in-law Jean, and grandchildren, Jacob and Antigone, of Oakland, CA; and son CDR George Michaels, USN and daughter-in-law Pamela of Virginia Beach along with his sister-in-law Harriet Michaels of Charlotte, a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a Trisagion service to be held at 6:00p.m. in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Rd Chapel on Wednesday July 10, 2013. A funeral service will be held on Thursday July 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby Street in Norfolk. The Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers and Reverend Protopresbyter Constatine P. Rogakos will officiate. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will occur at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Capt. Danny Michaels to the Philoptochos Society Scholarship Fund, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Jul. 7, 2013.
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Betty and I send our sympathy to you in the passing of Danny. We considered him a very close friend and fellow Rotarian. I was having surgery at the time of the memorial service or we would have certainly been there.
B. H. "Pat" Bridges
July 12, 2013
news of Danny Michaels, I did have a good conversation with him at the CHS Alumni meeting in 2001, but my strongest memory was when his squadron was stationed on USS FDR in a 6th Fleet (Mediterranean Sea) assignment in l960. He was in the REGULAR USN, and I was on board for a "two week" USN Reserve cruise while a student in Europe. We were both LTJG 's and sat at the same table several times. I was trying to learn some New Testament Greek and he was working on Modern Greek, for he had a picture in his wallet of a young woman he had been introduced to by mail and whom he hoped to meet when the ship anchored off Thessoloniki (Salonika). I got to met his wife in 2001 and she was the same young lady. So that journey was a memorable one for me and a momentous one for Danny.
I should say I was impressed what at fine, intelligent young man he was. I went up to the bridge one day when his squadron took off. Obviously, he was a fine pilot as well.
bill huntley
July 10, 2013
Danny and I were classmates in grammar school and Sunday School, and we have seen one another every now and then for the last 70 years. He was unique among men: unassuming, compassionate, and understanding. We both kept a correspondence going with our 4th grade teacher until her demise a few years back.

My deepest sympathy to Effie, his children, and grandchildren. The world is a better place because of Danny. May his memory be eternal.

Peter Maydanis
July 10, 2013
On behalf of the Florance family, please accept our sympathy for your loss. He was great man and is now flying with the angels!
July 9, 2013
Capt. Michaels was truly a blessing to my family. One of the most wonderful and generous person we had the pleasure to meet our lifetime. A spirit of life that was special and touched everyone's heart whom had the opportunity to meet him. He will be truly missed, not by most but by many.
Kareem & Rolanda Lindsay
July 9, 2013
A good friend at CHS with even greater times at NC State. Drove with Danny to his Academy medical exam in Norfolk. Years later we met with his wonderful and beloved wife Effie in Outer Banks. May God's richest blessings pour out to comfort the family in this time of great loss, but heaven's gain. God did His best work when He created Danny. We'll meet again.
Staton Sholar
July 9, 2013
It was always a pleasure to talk to Danny after church. Brad and I enjoyed his interest in our careers. Our hearts go out to Effie and he boys. May Danny's Memory be Eternal. He will be missed.
CAPT Karen Tsiantas and Col Brad Weisz.
Karen Tsiantas
July 7, 2013
Danny and I roomed together our freshman year at N.C. State University before we both transferred. He will always be a cherished friend.
George Robinson
July 7, 2013
With sympathy for his family. It was my pleasure to have attended school with Danny and to see him once again at one of our class reunions! Jim Kirkman
July 7, 2013
Barbara's and my sincere and heartfelt condolences to Effie and the Michaels family. Danny was a special friend and a wonderful fellow Rotarian to whom I owed so much on many occasions.

John Fahey
Catonsville, MD
July 7, 2013
Finest Naval Officer I ever served with. Best boss I ever had in the Navy. Words cannot describe what an unbelievable human being this man was. God bless the family and God already has his arms around this saint.
Max Dodson
July 7, 2013
July 6, 2013
Danny is one of my dearest friends. We met in 7th grade and stayed close to the end. My deepest sympathy to the Michaels. Will never forget Danny.
Jimmy Teague
July 6, 2013
Always a gentleman, he will be missed.
Ed Kain
July 6, 2013
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