Colbus, Louis, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1983-1993, 169X, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1949 - 1983

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Altoona, Blair County PA
Last Address
Virginia Beach City, Virginia

Date of Passing
Sep 28, 2012
Location of Interment
Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist US Merchant Marine Service US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

Cold War Veteran Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Post 0499Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyNorfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA
  1966, Jewish War Veterans, Post 0499 (Honor Guard) (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)2
  2008, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society1
  2018, Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA [Verified]

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Captain Louis Colbus, U.S.N. (Ret.)

Louis was a 1949 graduate of Altoona High School and enlisted in the Naval Reserve. In 1950, he entered the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. All the billets at Penn State University, in his hometown of Altoona PA were filled, so he transferred to the University of South Carolina and graduated in 1953. He returned to Penn State, where he matriculated in graduate studies in economics. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Science degree at George Washington University in 1965.

From 1949-82, Louis proudly and lovingly wore his uniform, from seaman recruit to convoy commodore, when he was routinely recalled to active duty from retirement (1983-1993) to train with the U.S. Merchant Marine in the convoy of merchant ships in wartime. He served on destroyers, commanding the USS McCloy, USS Jonas Ingram and Destroyer Squadron 2. He spent five years of his career on aviation staffs embarked on Atlantic Fleet carriers and 
from 1968 to 1971 worked in the destroyer development program in OpNav, 213-230. 

His final tour of duty prior to retirement in January 1983 was as chief of staff to Commander Carrier Group Eight. The three rear admiral aviators he served were Bob Dunn, Jim Service, and Jerry Tuttle.

Other Comments:
LOUIS COLBUS, CAPT., born June 16, 1931, Altoona, PA, and has a MS degree. He joined the service in September 1949 and retired in January 1983. CAPT Colbus received the LOM (Legion of Merit). 
Assignments: Commanded USS McCloy (DE-1038); USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938); Destroyer Squadron TWO, Carrier Division. He participated in the Cuban Blockade 1962-63, and Vietnam 1966-67. 

Captain Colbus served on the
Advisory Council of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in 2010. 

His final request: 
In lieu of flowers or charitable contributions, friends, family, and shipmates are encouraged to treat a friend to dinner.

 Tributes from Members  
Obituary for Capt Lou Colbus posted by Short, Diane (TWS Chief Admin, Ruth, Harding), SA 4989  
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 Duty Stations
PSA AtlanticNAVCOMMSTA - NAVCOMSTA - NCSUS NavyDESRON 12, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
USS John R. Perry (DE-1034)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)USS Basilone (DD-824)USS McCloy (DE-1038)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Jonas Ingram (DD-938)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
COMNAVSURFGRU 2COMCARSTRKGRU EIGHT (CCSG-8), Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)U.S. Merchant Marine Academy  (Faculty Staff)
  1949-1950, SR-0000, CSD RTC Great lakes, PSD Great Lakes
  1954-1954, 000X, Key West, FL
  1954-1957, 000X, USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447)
  1957-1958, 116X, DESRON 12, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1958-1960, 111X, Commander South Atlantic Forces (COMSOLANT/USCOMSOLANT)
  1961-1963, 111X, USS John R. Perry (DE-1034)
  1963-1964, 111X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1965-1966, 111X, USS Basilone (DD-824)
  1966-1968, 111X, USS McCloy (DE-1038)
  1968-1971, 111X, CNO - OPNAV
  1971-1972, 111X, USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938)
  1973-1974, 111X, Carrier Division 6 (COMCARDIV 6)
  1975-1976, 111X, Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course (SOSMRC)
  1976-1976, 111X, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
  1976-1979, 111X, COMNAVSURFGRU 2
  1980-1982, 135X, COMCARSTRKGRU EIGHT (CCSG-8), Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1983-1993, 169X, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1964-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of South CarolinaPennsylvania State University at AltoonaNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAGeorge Washington University
National War College
  1950-1953, University of South Carolina
  1953-1954, Pennsylvania State University at Altoona
  1960-1961, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1963-1965, George Washington University
  1964-1965, National War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 28, 2012, Captain Louis Colbus, USN (RET)1
  Sep 19, 2017, General Photos1
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