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  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Here was a man who he and I would serve together many times as we spent our
    naval career all over the world...Though I never made it down to the South Pole
    with those groups, I taught them at the Construction Battalion Center Davisville, RI.
    He claimed to be a Swede when he acted dumb, but he was a fine American. Chief

    Harry Rittenhouse ‘Duke’ Williamson, 84, passed from this world Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Born Nov. 9, 1932, in Mount Airy, N.J., Duke was a carpenter, U.S. Navy Seabee (Can Do!), builder and avid deer hunter throughout his life.

    His dedication to duty led him to Antarctica in the mid-1950’s to serve as part of the Seabee team living in tents while constructing the first permanent structures at the South Pole. Subsequently, duty called Duke to serve two volunteer tours in Vietnam as a Seabee providing critical construction services, the second tour being motivated by the call to provide leadership to younger, inexperienced Seabees.

    Duke earned the Bronze Star for bravery under fire (“We fight, we build!”) while completing those construction duties. Despite being a non-commissioned officer (chief warrant), his military career closed with a rare commission to command a Seabee unit at Oceana Air Base in Virginia Beach, where he retired. His post military career was occupied with construction supervision and his passion for deer hunting. He was a greatly respected, quiet man who spoke with his actions, not words, was bound to duty and honor, and ever faithful.

    He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris; children, Mark and Laurie; two fine grandsons, Zac and Danny; and a great-granddaughter, Teyle, who warmed his heart.

    Visitation will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Crematory, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 3, at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, Calif., through the Seabee Historical Foundation.
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