Bassett, Leonard Flournoy, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 11th Naval District
Service Years
1940 - 1970
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Pine Bluff, AR
Last Address
Coronado, CA

Date of Passing
Feb 06, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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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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Training Exercise - Tulungan '62
Start Year
1962
End Year
1962

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"EXERCISE TULUNGAN" - INVOLVING A FORCE OF 37,000 MEN, 80 SHIPS AND 400 AIRCRAFT OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION - SWUNG INTO ACTION OFF THE PHILIPPINES ISLANDS, MARCH 26TH. IT WAS THE LARGEST AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISE HELD IN THE PACIFIC SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
APART FROM A SQUADRON OF AUSTRALIAN JET FIGHTERS BASED AT SINGAPORE, ALL THE FORCES WERE FORM AMERICA AD THE PHILIPPINES. OTHER SEATO NATIONS SENT OBSERVERS.
MAIN OPERATION WAS AN ASSAULT BY 16,000 MEN PUT ASHORE BY SEA AND AIR ON THE ISLAND OF MINDORO. AWAITING THEM AND ACTING AS THE "ENEMY" WERE 1500 UNITED STATES AND FILIPINO MARINES WHO HAD BEEN ON THE ISLAND FOR THE PREVIOUS THREE WEEKS DRAWING UP PLANS FOR AMBUSH, HARASSMENT AND INFILTRATION. SIMULATED ATTACKS ON THE INVASION FORCE FROM THE AIR AND SUBMARINES WERE STAGE TO ADD AUTHENTICITY - AND FURTHER OBSTACLES - TO THE OPERATION.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISE WAS TO ACCUSTOM TROOPS AND OFFICERS TO THE TYPE OF FIGHTING WHICH HAS PROVED MOST EFFECTIVE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, GUERILLA WARFARE. IN ADDITION IT WAS HOPED THE PARTICIPANTS WOULD BECOME BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH THE DIFFERENT OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES AND EQUIPMENT OF THE OTHER SEATO MEMBERS.
THE EXERCISE WAS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF VICE-ADMIRAL WILLIAM SCHOECH, USN COMMANDER U.S. SEVENTH FLEET, AND BRIGADIER ALFREDO SANTOS, COMMANDING GENERAL PHILIPPINE ARMY. IN CHARGE OF THE AMPHIBIOUS GROUP WAS REAR ADMIRAL HOOPER.
   
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From Year
1962
To Year
1962
 
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