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A Tribute to Rear Admiral Paul G. Schultz, USN


Rear Admiral Paul G. Schultz, USN (Ret). died on Friday, September 25,2014 in Bradenton FL. Born in Alabama in 1916, he was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1934 from New Mexico and graduated second in the Class of 1938. He also rowed stroke on Navy’s varsity crew, winner of the Inter-Collegiate Regatta in June 1938 at Poughkeepsie, NY. He was elected to the Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in crew. 

On graduation, he was assigned to the ARIZONA, serving as a junior division officer and Radio Officer. From 1940 to 1943 he attended MIT, where he earned a MS degree in Naval Construction and Marine Engineering in 1943. He was then assigned to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, first as Assistant Hull Superintendent in charge of construction of new submarines, and then as Machinery Superintendent. In December 1944, he was assigned to the FMO, Service Force, Pacific; then to Service Squadron 10, Ulithi; In April 1945 he was sent to Okinawa as Maintenance Officer with Service Division 104, where during the next year he supervised the repair of many ships damaged by suicide boats and kamikazes during the invasion of Okinawa and later, by typhoons. For this work, he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valor. His later duty assignments included the David Taylor Model Basin, the Bureau of Ships, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he was Design Superintendent and then Shipbuilding and Repair Superintendent. During this time, most of his work involved the design and construction of submarines. In 1954, he was awarded the designation of “Engineering Duty Officer, Qualified in Submarines.” From 1956 to 1959, he served as the Navy Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development, Field Command, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, Sandia Base, NM., and a member of the joint Military-AEC Special Weapons Development Board.

After retirement in 1959, he was a Program Manager with United Aircraft Corporation in Connecticut. In 1961 he moved to Long Island, N.Y, first as Engineering Manager and then as Vice President and General Manager of the Hartman Systems Division of Figgie International, Inc., in Huntington Station, NY. In December 1973, he retired again to Florida, where he worked part time in real estate and as a residential property appraiser until 1981. He was an avid golfer all his life with three holes-in-one, one club championship, and shooting his age over 250 times between ages 81 and 91.

Courtesy of Shipmate magazine

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