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CAPT. Robert Henry Ewing
5th Commanding Officer

Captain Robert Ewing was born in Lockney, TX on February 17, 1922.  He graduated from Tulia High School in 1939.  Robert attended Lehigh University prior to entering the United States Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1944. Capt. Ewing went on later to earn a Master of Science in Business Administration in 1967 at the George Washington University.  

His first tour of duty, which occurred during WWII, was aboard the USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) during the battle of the Phillipines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  Later, he served aboard the USS Bremerton (CA-130).  In 1953, Capt. Ewing served as Executive Officer of USS H.P. Jones (DD-427).  He also served as XO of the experimental destroyer USS R.E. Kraus (EDD-849).
He was the Commanding Officer of several ships, including the USS Oriole (MHC-33), USS Waldo County (LST-1136), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and the USS England (DLG-22).  While on duty ashore (which was difficult for a man who loved the sea), Capt. Ewing served as the Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Forces, Japan.  He was an instructor at the Naval Academy, attended and taught at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, served as the Commanding Officer of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Tactical School, and headed the Navy section of the Joint United States Military Aid Group in Greece. 

Upon retirement from the Navy in 1974, Capt. Ewing served as the Chief Administrator for the Marine Sciences Institute at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston until 1980.

Capt. Ewing passed away on October 28, 2002 after an lengthy illness.