HARRY R. GRAF
SKAGIT'S LAST SKIPPER
Commander Harry R. Graf, USN , former Berlin Representative of Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, reported aboard the USS Skagit on 10 September 1967.
Commander Graf was born in New York City on 13 August 1927, and lived nearby in Wakefield New York, until he entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program after graduation from Concordia Preparatory School in Bronxville, New York, in 1945.
He attended preparatory flight training at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, until his release from active duty in 1946.
Commander Graf then entered the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, graduating in 1950. At that time he was commissioned Ensign and commenced assignments at sea including duty in destroyer escorts as Gunnery Officer and Operations Officer; in patrol escorts as Operations Officer and Executive Officer: and in an attack submarine as Operations Officer and Executive Officer. From 1955 to 1957 he commanded the USS Manville (PC-581) based in Newport, Rhode Island. He also served afloat as Operations and Plans Officer for Commander, Amphibious Squadron Four. During the latter assignment the squadron deployed twice to the Mediterranean and once to the Caribbean.
Ashore, Commander Graf served as a detail officer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel and Head of the Maritime Section of the Foreign Intelligence Division of the Office of Naval Intelligence.
He attended Submarine School and Submarine Electronics School in New London, Connecticut; Anti Submarine Warfare school in Key West; and the U.S. Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland.
Commander Graf was Executive Officer under Captains Wm A. Mackey, Sr. and John Sparger, and in 1968 was made Captain until Skagit was decommissioned in July 1969.
After leaving Skagit he became Skipper of the
USS Rehoboth (AGS-50), home-ported in San Francisco.
The Commander was married and had five children.
Commander Graf left the Navy in July 1977, and was a member of the National Military Intelligence Association (NIMA).
The Commander passed away September 9, 1991.
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