Monroe, George, RM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
RM-0000-Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1946-1946, RM-0000, Treasure Island
Service Years
1944 - 1947
RM-Radioman

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Northfield, New Jersey
Last Address
Poughkeepsie, New York

Date of Passing
Jul 24, 2007
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Order of the Golden Dragon




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Last Known Activity

Systems Designer for IBM from '55 to '83.



   
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My Dad died on the morning of July 24th 2007, sitting at his picnic table in his yard in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 80.

George R. Monroe was born on February 3rd in 1927. He was the very embodiment of the Greatest Generation. As a boy in Northfield, New Jersey he already had a love for, and an uncommon understanding of, the miracle gadgetry of radio. He also had an amazing Morse "fist" by the time he was a teenager.

He served as a radio operator on a minesweeper (USS YMS 330) in the Sea of Japan, among other places. After the war he went back to sea in the summers as a radio operator on Sun Oil tankers to augment the GI bill for his RPI education. A member of engineering's oldest honor society, Tau Beta Pi, he went to work for IBM as a Systems Designer.

He was part of IBM in it's most exciting, innovative era. A time he dearly loved. 

He served as development manager on the first solid state computer after Bell Labs invented the transistor in the mid fifties. The system, IBM's massive 7090 mainframe unveiled in 1958, was the cornerstone of one of our country's first early warning systems, BMEWS, and was indispensable to NASA in it's quest to put a man on the moon. 

In 1957 Dad, along with his two invention partners Carl Christiansen and Larry Kanter, gave IBM the Data Synchronizer (US3812475). By the time all it's challenges were cleared in 1974 it became one of the most important patents in IBM's history.

Dad struggled back to full speed after a series of strokes in the early eighties, using his CW (Morse Code) skills to put the life and coordination back into his hands and mind. 

He had incredible grit, astounding perception, and a depth of character I fear I will never see again. As an adventurer he mastered the air and the sea. He was a husband and father who knew when to be tough when it was needed, when to be patient when it was called for, and when to stay calm when everyone else was in a panic. He could always see right through humanity's affectations to find the core of what was real, and the essence of what mattered. I can't count how many times he helped me keep both my feet on the ground, while at the same time, teaching me to fly in every way that matters.

He leaves behind Elaine Faith, his wife of 57 years, Susan Elaine, his loving daughter, and Russell William, his grateful son.

George Russell Monroe ETM 3/c, AK2L, 1927 to 2007

   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced by Imperial Japan on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of conducting major operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent. Together with the United Kingdom and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945—the alternative being "prompt and utter destruction". While publicly stating their intent to fight on to the bitter end, Japan's leaders (the Supreme Council for the Direction of the War, also known as the "Big Six") were privately making entreaties to the still-neutral Soviet Union to mediate peace on terms more favorable to the Japanese. Meanwhile, the Soviets were preparing to attack Japanese forces in Manchuria and Korea (in addition to southern Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands) in fulfillment of promises they had secretly made to the United States and the United Kingdom at the Tehran and Yalta Conferences.

 
   
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1945
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1945
 
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