William Bruce Althoff
William Bruce Althoff

March 6, 1925 - August 9, 2009
Born in Washington, DC
Resided in Annapolis, MD


Capt. William Bruce Althoff, USN (ret.), 84, a resident of Annapolis for 14 years and previously of Honolulu, Hawaii, died Aug. 9 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He was born March 6, 1925, in Washington, D.C. He attended Yale University, the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1946) and George Washington University (M.A. degree).

He served in the Navy from 1945 until 1975 when he retired at the rank of Captain. His extensive naval career included assignments as gunnery officer in USS Charles Sperry, engineering officer in USS Fitch, commanding officer of EPCS
1431 based in Key West, Fla., commanding officer of mine sweeper USS Liberty, executive officer of USS Richard S. Edwards, commanding officer of destroyer USS Duncan, commanding officer of Frigate USS Farragut, commander of destroyer division 162 based in Mayport, Fla., commander of destroyer squadron 19 that he led in operation Sea Dragon off the coast of Vietnam, and his final tour as commander of destroyer flotilla five based in Pearl Harbor.

In addition to these seagoing assignments, Capt. Althoff attended Russian Intelligence School; was assigned to the staff of commander Middle East Force; served a tour at the Fleet Intelligence Center in Port Lyautey, Morocco; attended the American University in Beirut, Lebanon; was appointed as the Naval attaché in Warsaw, Poland; and served as program manager for the design and development of what became the Spruance-class destroyer. In all of his 30 years of active naval service 18 of them were sea or Foreign Service.

His numerous decorations and campaign ribbons include the Bronze Star with combat V, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

He enjoyed sailing, tennis, squash and oil painting.

He is survived by his wife, Marilynn Eustace Althoff, whom he married Nov. 27, 1948; his son, William McLauren Althoff of Greer, S.C.; his daughter, Susan Althoff Pugh of Hendon, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.



U.S. Naval Academy Chapel
Annapolis, MD US 21401
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
10:00 AM
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery
Annapolis, MD US
Tuesday, August 18, 2009