William Barton Shermer , CDR, USN
CDR Shermer passed away on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 in Maryland.
CDR Shermer served the U.S. Navy in our Naval Security Group for a
cumulative 28 years, retiring honorably in 1989. He served with devotion
as cryptologist in Taiwan, Vietnam, Republic of Philippines, Hawaii,
Washington, D.C., and Maryland. During the Southeast Asia conflict,
Commander Shermer made four subsurface deployments, flew over 50 combat
missions, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding performance as
“Charger Horse Coordinator” in the Gulf of Tonkin. His work as a
cryptologist during this endeavor contributed directed to successful
anti-air warfare operations, resulting in the destruction of at least two
enemy aircraft. Further, CDR Shermer devised a methodology to measure the
combat effectiveness of Navy Prowler Aircraft immediately after its
introduction to the Fleet. While assigned in National Security Agency, CDR
Shermer conceived and directed the initial installation of a sophisticated
communications remoting package aboard USS SPIEGEL GROVE. CDR Shermer
concluded his service as the Chief of the Operations and Management staff
overseeing 21 cryptologic support groups worldwide. Many of CDR Shermer’s
accomplishments will remain in silence but know that his achievements were
many, and significant.
Official Obituary from barrancofuneralhome.com
” William Barton Shermer, 72, a 32 year resident of Pasadena, died on April 22, 2014 at his home, due to complications due to cancer, after a 3+ year illness.
He was born July 10, 1941 in Havertown Pennsylvania. After completing Haverford College, he joined the Navy and resided in a number of places around the world.
William completed 26 years of US Naval Service as a Special Duty Cryptologist. He was a trained and skilled Mandarin linguist and eventually used that skill to learn Spanish, Lithuanian, German, Russian, Latin some French and some Turkish. Once he retired, he became the Co-owner, President and Chief Operating Officer for Blue Goose Charters, home ported in Baltimore, MD and specializing in single screw operation of diesel trawlers.
He was an avid boater, community activist, gun enthusiast, decoy collector, and especially enjoyed traveling to different countries to practice the different languages he spoke.
William was active in the Airport Coordination Team (ACT), President of Marine Traders Owners Association (MTOA), on the Board of Directors for the Grand Harbor Trawler Association, and held several positions on the Anchorage Marina Board of Directors, including President, Vice-President and Treasurer.
He is survived by his current wife of 35 years Alexis Loo, his children from a previous marriage Cassandra, Samantha, Amanda and William Joseph and 10 grandchildren.
Family and friends may visit on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1-3 pm at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, in Severna Park, followed by a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 3:00 pm.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the SPCA of AA County, 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.
Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com “