Powell, Falvey C., Jr., CDR

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1971, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)/Offutt AFB, NE
Service Years
1940 - 1971
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Cold War
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Rock

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember Powell, Falvey C., Jr. (Chuck), CDR USN(Ret).

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Home Town
Leesville, LA
Last Address
Chuck was cremated and his ashes
scattered over the North Atlantic
by the U.S. Navy.

Date of Passing
Oct 23, 2009
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, North Atlantic Ocean
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Ashes scattered by the U.S. Navy

 Official Badges 

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2009, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Falvey Charles Powell, Jr., PhD
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)


POWELL, Falvey Charles, "Chuck" PhD, CDR US Navy (Ret.)
During a 30-year military career he saw duty as a Navy combat pilot in the Pacific during World War II, a photo reconnaissance pilot in China and a C-54 jockey in the Berlin Airlift. - During the 15-month operation, some 277,000 sorties flew into Berlin. - Later, he flew combat cargo missions in Korea. By the time he retired, as a Naval officer in 1971, he'd seen action in two wars, plus the largest air transport operation in history, been stationed in nearly every corner of the globe and risen through the ranks from seaman to pilot to commander.

Born April 23, 1921 in Leesville, Louisiana; died October 23, 2009 in Omaha, Nebraska, at age 88. Chuck grew up during the Depression years and was raised by a variety of relatives, including his grandmother, uncle and sometimes his mother. He worked as a soda jerk in a drug store, living for a time on the second floor; he played the coronet; was an Eagle Scout; was greatly influenced by radio reports of Lindbergh's flight across the ocean; and always had a dog as a companion.

He graduated from Leesville High School in 1938, attended Louisiana State University one year, and on December 30, 1940, enlisted in the Navy as an apprentice seaman (seaman recruit) at New Orleans, LA. Thus began a 30-year career that took him around the world, beginning on the heavy cruiser, USS Tuscaloosa in the North Atlantic including convoys to North Russia and Operation Torch in North Africa. He became a pilot and qualified to fly 27 types of aircraft accumulating 18,000 flying hours. He was awarded the Air Medal for piloting a plane loaded with injured Marines out of the Chosin Reservoir under the most difficult circumstances during the Korean War. He was also a pilot in the Berlin Airlift and considered this his greatest humanitarian achievement. His assignments included SHAPE, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and in 1964 Chuck came to Offutt AFB as Flag Aircraft Commander for the Deputy Director, Strategic Target Planning. From there he retired from the Navy in 1971. He joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska - Omaha (UNO) in their Gerontology Dept. in 1973, retiring in 2005 as Professor, Fellow, and Community Service Associate. Chuck had a BA from Bellevue University, an MA from University of Oklahoma, and a PhD from University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was a world traveler, known for his unique itineraries; a student of history with an extensive library; a wine collector and connoisseur; and a Francophile.

Chuck was cremated and his ashes scattered over the North Atlantic by the U.S. Navy.
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Powell had careers in the navy and academia   

Chuck Powell was "a remarkable man," said his wife. He had a 30-year career in the Navy and a separate 30-year career at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was a Francophile, history buff and world traveler, she said. His alter ego was a groundhog, Fontenelle Fred, who enjoyed poking fun at local politicians, said Betty G. Foster of Omaha, his wife. 

Retired Navy Cmdr. Falvey Charles "Chuck" Powell
died October 23, 2009 in Omaha. He was 88. Powell enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and started his worldwide travels, beginning on the USS Tuscaloosa in the North Atlantic. He began pilot training  in 1944 and eventually qualified to fly 27 types of aircraft. Powell flew in the Berlin Airlift of 1948 and '49, which he considered his greatest achievement: "We saved a city without firing a single shot and kept thousands from starvation during the blockade." 

He was awarded the Air Medal during the Korean War: He took off from a damaged dirt air strip and flew a fully loaded transport plane of wounded Marines out of the Chosin Reservoir. 

Powell also was a search and rescue pilot. He earned a bachelor's degree from Bellevue University, a master's from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

In 1973, Powell began work in the Gerontology Department at UNO. For a time in the late '70s, he served as acting director. He retired in 2005 as a professor and Senior Community Service Associate at UNO. Powell was one of 10 delegates from Nebraska to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995 and was appointed by the Douglas County Board to serve on a joint committee to study a possible city-county merger. 

In May 2009, he joined other airlift veterans in Berlin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the airlift. 

If you have a few minutes, check out:
A Berlin Airlift Story (an interview with Chuck Powell)
It is located on the lower right in a section titled:
"Other News, Events and Photographs"
Or click here:  
TogetherWeServed - Connecting US Navy Sailors

In Chuck's words: 
   "We're an amazing country.  Sometimes we have a veritable uncanny propensity to do the right thing. It (the Berlin Airlift) brought into rather sharp relief just what could be done. In my humble opinion the United States, between 1945 and 1950, could be compared to ancient Greece under Pericles. It as a golden era.  We did virtually everything right and you can't do that without leadership. We were deep in leadership after the war."
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL)
 Duty Stations
Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)School Assignments - StaffFleet Air Gunnery Unit Pacific (FAGUPAC)
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)US Naval Group China (SACO)<B>US Air Force (USAF)</b><B>US Air Force (USAF)</b>/Military Air Transport Service (MATS)
Armed Forces Courier Service (ARFCOS)/Defense Courier Service Stations (DCS)NAS Atsugi Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE)/HeadquartersDirector Strategic Systems Programs (SSP)
US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  1940-1941, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS Staff) New Orleans, LA
  1941-1941, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1942-1942, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1943-1943, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1944-1944, Aviation Midshipman Preflight School
  1944-1944, Naval Flight School
  1944-1945, Fleet Air Gunnery Unit Pacific (FAGUPAC)
  1946-1947, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Pacific
  1946-1947, US Naval Group China (SACO)
  1947-1948, US Air Force (USAF)/Military Air Transport Service (MATS)
  1948-1949, Atlantic Division
  1948-1949, Navy Courier Service Detachment (NAVCURSERVDET) Rhein-Main Air Force Base, Main, Germany
  1950-1953, NAS Atsugi
  1961-1963, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE)/Headquarters
  1964-1969, Director Strategic Systems Programs (SSP)/SSP Field Activity Offutt AFB (SPA)
  1969-1971, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)/Offutt AFB, NE
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1948-1949 Cold War Event - Berlin Airlift
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
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Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
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What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Louisiana State University at Baton RougeBellevue UniversityUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln
  1939-1940, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
  1964-1968, Bellevue University
  1969-1971, University of Oklahoma
  1972-1975, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Falvey Charles Powell, PhD17
  Leeville Cemetery - Vernon Parish, Louisiana
  Jun 18, 2010, A Berlin Airlift Story. An interview with Chuck Powell.
  Aug 14, 2013, General Photos
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