Arthur, Charles, Jr., CAPT

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1951-1953, USS Rowe (DD-564)
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1940 - 1962

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Born in Golden and raised in Denver
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Feb 26, 2004
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Charles Snowden Arthur, Jr.
Captain, United States Navy

Retired Navy Captain Charles Snowden Arthur Jr., U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1938, was ambitious, searching and intellectual. He also was quirky, unorthodox and unconventional.

Captain Arthur was the elder of two sons born to a Colorado mining engineer and an elementary school teacher. He was a Boy Scout and often went fishing and camping with his father and his uncles. At 16, he entered the Naval Academy and became a varsity swimmer and cheerleader.

He commanded destroyers during World War II and the Korean War. He also helped devise the Navy's Directives Issuance System, which organizes instructions from the Navy Department and from naval commands worldwide and is still in use.

His career entered a dark phase in the early 1960s, when he was stationed at the Pentagon during the Berlin Wall and Cuban missile crises. He was convinced that General Lauris Norstad, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, was trying to start a nuclear confrontation with the East Germans.

"Snowden thought it was true and was very perturbed and went over people's heads," said Hilda Mintzes, a longtime friend. "He went to [U.S. Supreme Court Justice] Byron White and other people at their homes."

Mintzes added that although the Navy brass frowned on Captain Arthur's behavior, her own boss at the time, the Navy's chief psychologist, called him "the most brilliant officer we've ever had in the U.S. Navy."

Captain Arthur later received a master's degree in literature from the University of Maryland and joined the Washington-Lee faculty. He retired in 1983.

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Dec 26, 2010

Edwin Foster Arthur
November 13, 1918 - September 20, 2009

Edwin Foster Arthur, 90, died on September 20, 2009. He had been a resident of Wayne for 30 years before retirement.

Foster is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne (nee) Fleming of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; his loving son Raymond of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Franklin Lakes, NJ; daughter-in-law Tracy of Franklin Lakes, and his loving grandsons Thomas Carey Arthur and Michael Raymond Arthur, both of California. Mr. Arthur was predeceased by newborn son Gordon Holt Arthur in 1956 and son Lt. Carey Alan Arthur, USN, who was killed while serving his country aboard the USS Nimitz in 1981. Foster's brother, Capt. Charles Snowden Arthur, USN (retired), died in 2004.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl Harbor. After the Oklahoma was capsized, Arthur was stationed on the USS South Dakota, where he participated in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and the Naval Battle at Guadalcanal. He retired from the Navy in 1946 as a Commander.

Foster received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from Columbia University. He served as Chairman of the Science Department at William Paterson College. He was an Eagle Scout and was awarded the Silver Beaver Medal by the Passaic County Boy Scout Council.

NEPHEW, son of Edwin Foster Arthur:
Lt. Carey Alan Arthur, USN, USNA grad 1979 (company 22), who was killed while serving his country aboard the USS Nimitz in 1981. 1981: S-3 aircraft mishap on deployment in the Mediterranean with VS-24

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