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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1968, USS Arco (ARD-29)
Service Years
1947 - 1971
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Panama Canal
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Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Union, SC
Last Address
Newberry Memorial Gardens
Union, South Carolina

Date of Passing
Jul 17, 2009
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity

Korea and Viet-Nam

Iley Watson Fant died at the age of 79 on Friday July 17th at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.  He was born in Union SC on May 04, 1930 to the late Samuel Preston Fant, and late Minnie Bryant Mae Fant.  Mr. Fant is survived by his wife Faye Louise Fant, daughters Valerie and, Rhonda Fant, and Melinda Poole, sons Jerry Kaufholz, Dewayne Kaufholz, Lane Kaufholz, and fifteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces, and nephews.  Two brothers, Sam Fant, and Joe Fant also survive Mr. Fant.

Mr. Fant was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many.  He served our great country by providing 24 years of service in the United States Navy.  He joined the Navy at age 17, and retired as Lieutenant Commander in 1971. While in the Navy he spent his time on many different ships including the Coral Sea, Saratoga, Forrestal, Neptune, Independence, America, and the USS Arco. During his career in the Navy he received the Navy Achievement Medal. 

Navy Achievement Medal citation:

“for outstanding achievement in the superior performance of his duties from May 15, 1966 to May 3, 1968 while serving as Commanding Officer of the USS Arco (ARD 29) rendering dry-docking service to ships under repair and overhaul at the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility, in Guam.  Among his accomplishments Lieutenant Commander Fant was credited for having the ship named the USS Arco.   While on the Arco Lieutenant Commander Fant demonstrated outstanding professional competence and leadership in the rapid docking and undocking of a large number of ships of many varieties at the Ship Repair Facility.  Possessing a keen understanding of the operational as well as the maintenance aspects of his overall responsibilities, Lieutenant Commander Fant devised drydock block arrangements and inspired his officers and crew members to dock ships within a few hours of the undocking of previous ships.  In addition, he led his officers and crew members to provide very rapid response to the requirements of emergency undocking and docking during and after typhoon warnings.  Lieutenant Commander Fant’s outstanding leadership, professional skill and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

After retirement from the Navy Mr. Fant returned to South Carolina and worked for several years as a Union County Tax Assessor.

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US NavyUSS Neptune (ARC-2)USS Saratoga (CVA-60)USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
USS Independence (CVA-62)USS America (CV-66)
  1947-1950, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43)
  1954-1956, USS Neptune (ARC-2)
  1956-1958, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
  1958-1961, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1964-1965, USS Independence (CVA-62)
  1965-1966, USS America (CV-66)
  1966-1968, USS Arco (ARD-29)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
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