Charles Darrell, Captain, USN (Retired)

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

Charles G. Darrell, Captain, USN (Retired) age 89, a resident of Shannondell at Valley Forge, Audubon, PA died on October 20, 2019. He was the husband of Joyce (nee Bullock) of Audubon. He was preceded in death in 2002 by his first wife Lillian Christine (nee Larson), whom he married in 1954.

In addition to his wife Joyce, he is survived by his children, Maria C. (John) Jacobs, Robert C. (Jody) Darrell, and Susan A. Darrell and sister, Mariana Schlegel. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jerold and Lillian Jacobs and Madison Darrell.

Captain Darrell was born on November 3, 1929 in Middletown, OH to the late George D. and Mary T. (nee Hines) Darrell. His family, including his late brother George and sister Marianna "Pat", soon moved to Worcester, MA where Charles grew up, graduating from North High School and attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for one year prior to receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1952.

Upon graduation, Captain Darrell served in the amphibious transport USS FREMONT (APA-44) and the destroyer USS CUSHING (DD-797), as well as in several submarines: USS SABALO (SS-302), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (SSBN-602, GOLD)(Plank Owner), USS COBLER (SS-344), and as Commanding Officer of USS CHARR (SS-328).

Captain Darrell had the duty as Chief Staff Officer to Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 based on the Polaris submarine tender PROTEUS (AS-19), at Guam, and as Force Plans Officer to Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific. His previous shore tours were with the Naval Submarine School, New London, Connecticut, and as director Undersea Warfare Programs in the Office of Naval Research. He holds the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award of the Navy Unit Citation.

Captain Darrell’s naval service included sea duty in an attack transport ship and a destroyer prior to fifteen years in submarines. His service aboard submarines included a Polaris Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine; included in that period was his command of U.S. CHARR (SS-328). He served as Chief Staff Officer of Submarine Squadron Fifteen (the Polaris submarines based at Guam) and on COMSUBPAC staff. His subsequent duties ashore included Director, Ocean Technology Office of the Office of Naval Research; command of the Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity (an oceanography laboratory at Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi) and head of the Fleet Logistics Support Office of Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. Captain Darrell retired from the Navy in1982.

His subsequent civilian career came to include serving as a Principal Engineer at General Physics Corporation and as Senior Test Engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, from which he retired in 2011.

Captain Darrell will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Date to be announced.