William D Houser
(1921 - 2012)

William D Houser
Nickname: Bill

Georgia, United States of America
November 11, 1921

Maryland, United States of America
February 5, 2012

US Navy Aviation, United States Naval Academy - Class of 42, the United States Naval Academy Foundation (Trustee for 30 years), The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, The Tailhook Association, Annual Midway Dinner, Midway Memorial, the Midway Foundation, the Golden Eagles, the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA), Tennis, Army Navy Country Club (ANCC), the Bohemian Club, the Military Order of the Carabao, Washington Redskins

Funeral Services Information:
· Service Date and Time: Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11 AM

· Memorial Service: Old Post Chapel, Ft Myer, Arlington, VA

· Honors: Band, Bugler, Caisson, Escort, Firing Party, Gun Salute Team, Missing Man Formation

· Procession to Arlington National Cemetry after Memorial Service: Attendees are requested to follow the family Limousine, which will be directly behind the Caisson; Cars are not to be left in the Old Post Chapel parking lot as other services may follow

· Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel Access:

o All non DoD decaled vehicles must enter through one of three gates: Hatfield Gate (Washington Blvd), Wright Gate (US 110) or Henderson Hall #3 (Southgate Road); please notify gate guard if you intend to return for the reception at the Fort Myer Officers Club to receive a color-coded pass for re-entry (Burial in Arlington National Cemetery is outside Base confines)

o DoD decaled vehicles may enter any of the above gates or thru the Old Post Chapel Gate

o All personnel accessing the base are required to have a government-issued photo ID. The vehicle driver must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance

· Ft. Myer-Henderson Hall Directions: http://www.jbmhhmwr.com/index/Maps_and_Directions.html

VADM William “Bill” Douglas Houser, USN (Ret), a longtime Virginia resident, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 11, 1921, son of Harry M. and Berenice (Horton) Houser. After attending Coral Gables and Marion Institute high schools, he entered the US Naval Academy in the summer of 1938 as a member of the Class of 42 at the age of 16.

Graduating early with his Class in December 1941 following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he spent three years of wartime service in the Pacific, stationed aboard the USS Nashville, which was involved in combat during the capture and defense of Guadalcanal, raids on Marcus and Wake Islands, and operations around Leyte and Luzon. Near the end of the war he entered flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1946. He again saw combat in Korea in 1953 as the commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 44, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V,” and in the Viet Nam War as commanding officer of the carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64). Other sea commands included VF-124 (the replacement training squadron for the F8), the USS Mauna Loa, and Carrier Division TWO as a flag officer. Ashore he served in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations and two tours on the Joint Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1962, he served as Military Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell L. Gilpatric and in 1965 as a member of the staff of the National Security Council. His final tour of duty was in the Pentagon as Vice Admiral and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare from 1972 to 1976, having operational and budgetary responsibility for all US Navy aircraft carriers, air stations, air wings, squadrons, aircraft, and aviation personnel.

While on active duty, VADM Houser received numerous medals and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), the Legion of Merit (4 awards), the Bronze Star with Combat V, the Air Medal (2 awards), Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and Combat V, and numerous theater and campaign medals from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

After his naval service, he pursued a highly successful career in the telecommunications industry, beginning as Director of Satellite Interconnection for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he led the establishment and operation of the first satellite distribution system for television and radio programs, which he brought in on time and under budget. He then moved on to serve as Director of Special Projects for ComSat (Communications Satellite Corporation) from 1979 to 1981 and later became their Vice President for Technical Services from 1981 to 1984. He was recruited in 1984 to become the President of Packet Technologies, where he helped initiate the spin off of Stratacom, which later became the largest acquisition by Cisco to that point. In 1992 he co-founded Com21, a pioneering technology leader in the design, development, and deployment of two-way interactive Internet Protocol based cable systems.

He was honored to receive the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate award in 2003 and be designated the Tailhooker of the Year in 1972. He served as a trustee of the United States Naval Academy Foundation for 30 years. He helped drive the Navy’s active participation in the Midway Foundation, establishment of the annual US Navy Midway Dinner, and the creation of the United States Naval Academy Annual Midway Essay Award, as well as, in association with his Academy classmates, he spearheaded the creation of the Midway Memorial in the yard of the United States Naval Academy.

His principal memberships included the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Class of 42, the United States Naval Academy Foundation (Trustee for 30 years), The Tailhook Association, the Midway Foundation, the Golden Eagles, The Association of Naval Aviation, the Military Order of the Carabao, the Army Navy Country Club (ANCC), where he was an avid tennis player, and the Bohemian Club.

In his continuing education, he completed the Senior Course at the Naval War College, received a Master of Science degree from George Washington University, and completed the the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

He was married for 51 years to the former Betty Lou Worrell, who served during and after World War II as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), Pharmacist Mate. Betty Lou passed away May 16th, 1997.

On September 5th, 2003, he remarried to Jan King Evans, who now survives him with his three daughters, grandchildren and great granddaughter by his first marriage, Cindy Riera (Shelly, Scott, and great granddaughter, Stella Grace), Gayle Fogleman (Heather and Christopher), and Francie Washington (Evan and Emily), and two stepdaughters and grandchildren, Karla MacMahon (Adela, Edward, and Alexandra) and Louise Turner (Austin and Benjamin). VADM Houser peacefully passed away with Jan at his side Sunday evening, February 5th 2012 from pneumonia.

His memorial service will be at 1100, Thursday, 28 June 2012 at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, followed by his burial with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, online: www.woundedwarriorproject.org, phone: 202-558-4301, or mail: 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; or, Alzheimer’s Association, online: www.alz.org, phone: 800-272-3900, or mail: P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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As a newly winged Naval Aviator and Ensign, I served in the Air Wing aboard the USS Constellation under Capt.mHouser.. A tremendous leader, he kept morale very high under trying times from 5/66-12/66. The epitome of a Naval Officer...
Stu Evans (Crew member CVA-64)
January 27th, 2016
Best Skipper I ever served under.
George Marshall (Crew Member of CVA-64)
October 23rd, 2015
Admiral Houser was a long time friend and fellow
alumnus of USNA. He was in that group of WWII
veterans and aviators that we all looked up to
while in training and service. He is remembered for his efforts to ensure that Naval Aviation
was represented at the Air and Space Museum.I am so sorry that I did not hear of his passing sooner so that I could attend the Arlington ceremony.Capt Clint Johnson USNR RET USNA '60
Clinton Johnson
September 10th, 2012
Dearest Jan and Family,

I wanted so much to be there yesterday, but at the moment I'm preparing for major foot surgery, and can scarcely walk. I thought about you and your family all day. I know Bill was a remarkable human being, who was invaluable to his family and country. My love and my thoughts remain with you. Heaven must be rejoicing at his entrance.

All my Love,

Carol Cramer Drummond(Mrs Roscoe) (Friend)
June 30th, 2012
Bill was my boss at COMSAT.He was sensitive to difficult times that arose with projects. One time during a difficult period in one of our programs he came by on Christmas Eve. He gave me a bottle of wine and let me know he appreciated what I was doing for the company and wanted to be sure I knew how he felt.
Denis Curtin (Friend)
June 26th, 2012
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"You will always live in our hearts and minds. We love and miss you - and don't worry, Smen, I vow never to wear jeans on Thanksgiving. Much love"
shells bells
February 12th, 2012
"I miss you Granddaddy"
Heather Fogleman
February 8th, 2012


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