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Arleigh Albert Burke '23
October 19, 1901 - January 1, 1996

It is with sincere sadness that Homeport notes the passing of one of our most distinguished alumni, Arleigh Burke '23. He died at Bethesda Naval Hospital on Monday, January 1st. His funeral was held at the Naval Academy on Thursday, January 4th. Forever immortalized as ''31-Knot Burke'' for the performance of his DESRON 23 ''Little Beavers'' in the Battle of Cape St. George, Admiral Burke also served three terms as Chief of Naval Operations and was the founder of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A recipient of the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, Admiral Burke was also honored by the naming of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Hall at the Naval War College, and the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), the lead ship in the Navy's newest and most powerful class of destroyers.

Editor's Note: As a fellow destroyerman and and ardant admirer of Admiral Burke, I am saddened by his passing, and I know those who served with him over the years must feel this loss much more deeply. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all his friends, classmates, and shipmates, and to his wife of 72 years, Bobbie. --Ray Trygstad '77

| Official U.S. Navy Obituary | Annapolis Capital Obituary | The Funeral |
| Biography | USS Arleigh Burke | Homeport Readers' Remembrances |

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Requiescat in Pace: Admiral Jeremy ''Mike'' Boorda, USN

Although he was not an alum, Admiral Boorda represented all that was the best in our Navy. His loss is a serious blow to those of us who saw him as the strong hand at the helm to steer the Navy out of our recent troubles and back to smooth water. Yes, it's a cliche, but more than any CNO in our history, Admiral Boorda was truly a ''sailor's sailor''. We shall miss him more than words can possibly express. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, shipmates, and to all the men and women of the United States Navy.

               
 
Official U.S. Navy Information


Requiescat in Pace: Carl Westfall '74

It is with great sadness that Homeport reports the passing of our first staff member; Carl Westfall '74 died in his sleep on April 5. The cause of death was reported as natural causes. There was a vigil service on Thursday, April 11 in Oceanside, California, and the funeral service took place on Friday, April 12 at Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente, California. Carl was working hard to make the Career Page of Homeport some thing that would be a source of both pride and jobs for all of us. He was willing to lend a hand in so many ways and has been a true friend to many of us, frequently just through online contact but a friend nevertheless, and we will miss him.