Bassett, Leonard Flournoy, CAPT

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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 11th Naval District
Service Years
1940 - 1970

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Home Town
Pine Bluff, AR
Last Address
Coronado, CA

Date of Passing
Feb 06, 2006
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

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US Navy Honorable Discharge

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Capt. Bassett passed away Feb. 8 after a long illness, only a few weeks after his 89th birthday.
Leonard Bassett was born in
Pine Bluff, Ark. He attended Arkansas State College before receiving a presidential appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated in 1940. In 1943, he married Catherine Garthwaite of Oakland, a marriage that lasted 62 years.

In his 30-year naval career, Capt. Bassett served on a number of ships in the Pacific Fleet. He saw action during World War II aboard the USS Concord and the USS St. Louis, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as an assistant gunnery officer. He eventually served on the staff of legendary Admiral Arleigh  "Knots” Burke. During the Korean conflict, Capt. Bassett served as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Rochester and the USS Iowa, for which he was awarded two additional Bronze Stars, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean Service Medal with three combat stars.

Following World War II, Capt. Bassett attended both the
Naval Postgraduate School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an master's of science degree in electrical engineering in 1949.

During the 1950s Capt. Bassett developed a reputation as one of the Navy's top weapons experts. He served with the Navy's Bureau of Weapons and Inspector of Ordnance service, assisting in the development of guidance technology for the TALOS missile system. He attained the rank of captain in 1959, and served as commanding officer of both the USS Rowan and USS Union. In 1965, Capt. Bassett was appointed commander of the Naval Ammunition Depot at
Oahu, Hawaii. His last tour of duty was assistant chief of staff for administration COM 11.

After his retirement from the Navy in 1970, Capt. Bassett worked for the
United Way, where he headed up the Combined Federal Campaign. He left that job in 1977, and devoted his time to playing golf, building a computer, and spending time with his wife, Cathie in Coronado, their home for 45 years. He was a member of the Coronado Men's Golf Club for more than 35 years, and served on its board of governors in 1971. He played to a 12 handicap, and scored two holes-in-one at the Coronado Golf Course, in 1972 and 1974.

Throughout his life, Capt. Bassett was known and loved for his wonderful and mischievous sense of humor. While serving as commander of the Ammunitions Depot in
Hawaii, he once, according to legend, showed up dressed as a ballerina, complete with leotard and tutu, at a base Halloween party. At sea, at home, or on the golf course, Capt. Bassett was always making the people around him laugh. The men who served under his command remembered his sense of humor, and also knew him as an inspirational by-the-book leader with an unshakable sense of fair play.

Capt. Bassett was preceded in death by his wife, Cathie, and by his brother, Dr. John W. Bassett of
Portland, Ore. He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Bob Hite of Basalt, Colo.; and Cee Cee and Emile Barrios of San Diego.
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In July of 1958 he was assigned to duty as Naval Inspector of Ordnance at Mishawaka, Indiana, where the Bendix

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Paine, Jr., Roger Warde, RADM, (1939-1972) OFF 112X Captain
Delano, Victor, CAPT, (1937-1969) OFF 111X Commander
Lacy Jr., Paul Lindsay, RADM, (1942-1973) OFF 112X Commander
Anderson, Richard, CAPT, (1941-1971) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Whitty, Neldon, CDR, (1959-1987) OFF 110X Ensign
Gralla, Arthur, VADM, (1934-1971) Rear Admiral Upper Half
JACKSON, Dempster McKee, RADM, (1952-1983) Lieutenant
SNYDER, J. Edward, RADM, (1941-1980) Lieutenant Commander

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