Battson Jr., Arthur LaGrange, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1961-1961, 112X, USS Shields (DD-596)
Service Years
1940 - 1973
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Rock
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Sand Sailor
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Suez Canal

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Date of Passing
Sep 14, 2012
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationSan Diego ChapterUnited States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)
  1944, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Submarine Veterans of WW II, San Diego Chapter (San Diego, California)
  2009, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Arthur ("Art") LaGrange Battson, Jr.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Arthur LaGrange Battson, Jr., 89, died peacefully in his sleep, September 14, 2012. He served his country for 30 years through three wars. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rosaline ("Roz") Helen (Nelson) Battson, and his three sons: Arthur L. Battson, III (Kathy Samuels) of Goleta; Richard J. Battson (Tracy Rohan) of Sacramento; and Bradford L. Battson (Stacie Ma'a) of Berkeley; also eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Art Battson was born in Shreveport, LA, November 18, 1922, hours after his future wife was born in Letcher, SoDak. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1944) and immediately saw combat action aboard the U.S.S. Gar in the Pacific.

When Art was enjoying refreshments at an officers' club on Saipan in 1945, he caught sight of Army Lieutenant Rosaline Nelson entering the club with fellow Army Corps nurses; Art commented to his friends, "That's the gal I'm gonna marry." They were married in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 30, 1946.

Art served aboard submarines Sterlet, Razorback, Ronquil and Redfish. Lt. Battson became the youngest commanding officer of a U.S. Navy vessel when he took command of the Hammerhead in 1952. He later commanded the Tilefish and Volador.

Stationed in San Diego, Commander Battson served as executive officer of U.S.S. George Clymer and commanded the destroyer, U.S.S. Shields, and the military transport, U.S.S. Bexar. He took over major command of Amphibious Squadron 9 in Coronado and later served as chief of staff of Command Service Group Three in Sasebo, Japan. He ended his Navy career as chief of staff at Pacific Fleet Training School in San Diego. Captain Battson retired from the Navy on July 1, 1973; he and Roz lived in San Diego ever since.

After a short retirement, Art went to work for M. Rosenblatt & Son, a naval architect and marine engineering firm, where he became involved with the "yellow submarine" project, converting an old submarine, U.S.S. Menhaden, for underwater combat testing.

He was an enthusiastic golfer, scoring four holes-in-one, and an excellent bridge player. He and his wife did extensive volunteer work with Lutheran churches in the area and delivered food for Meals on Wheels. Art was a volunteer at the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, on Tuesday, October 9, 11:00 a.m.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols
Command at Sea
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Gar (SS-206)USS Sterlet (SS-392)USS Razorback (SS-394)USS Ronquil (SS-396)
USS Hammerhead (SS-364)USS Redfish (SS-395)USS Shields (DD-596)
  1944-1945, 112X, USS Gar (SS-206)
  1946-1947, 112X, USS Sterlet (SS-392)
  1948-1949, 112X, USS Razorback (SS-394)
  1951-1952, 112X, USS Ronquil (SS-396)
  1952-1952, 112X, USS Hammerhead (SS-364)
  1953-1954, 112X, USS Redfish (SS-395)
  1961-1961, 112X, USS Shields (DD-596)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 11th patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 12th patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 13th patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 14th patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 14th patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 15th patrol
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1940-1944, United States Naval Academy
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