Cedric S. Wallace
Memorial Services Planned For Coronadan, Captain Cedric S. Wallace
Captain Cedric Sterling Wallace, U.S. Navy, Retired, died of cancer in San Diego, California on March 6, 1995, He was 67 years of age. A memorial service will be held in Lebanon, Oregon on April 8.
A native of Lebanon, Oregon, Captain Wallace was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1952. A long time Coronado resident, he and his wife Janet have lived in Coronado since 1975. Captain Wallace enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and served for 15 months as a Seaman First Class near the end of World War n. Following his release from active duty he enrolled in Oregon State University, and the next year he was chosen to attend the Naval Academy Prep School. He then attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was the first ever from his hometown to graduate from USNA. After graduation in 1952, he was assigned to the USS Skagit (AKA-105), and then served on the USS Renshaw (DDE--499). Captain Wallace then served on the Staff of Destroyer Division Twenty-five in Pearl Harbor, HI. He next reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca, and was enrolled in the Systems Analysis Curriculum. After completing NPS he assumed command of the USS Polk County (LST- - 1084) in San Diego. Following his command tour, Captain Wallace reported to the Joint Strategic Tar- get Planning Staff at Offutt AFB, NE, and served at the Strategic Air Command Headquarters. His next tour was as Executive Officer, USS John S. McCain (DL-3) in Pearl Harbor, HI. Captain Wallace was then selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI. While there, he earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Captain Wallace returned to Pearl Harbor and assumed command of the USS Epperson (DD-719). During this command tour he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for heroic achievement and leadership, saving his ship from combat damage received during a battle in the Vietnam War. Following his second command tour he reported to OP-96 on the Navy Staff at the Pentagon. His next assignment was on the U.S. Forces Korea Joint Staff in Seoul, Korea.
Captain Wallace then returned to the Pentagon where he was responsible for daily operations of the National Military Command Center. He retired from active duty in Oct. 1976. A veteran of three wars with over 27 years of dedicated service to his country.
Captain Wallace was a highly respected and well liked shipmate and leader. He earned a reputation as a man of integrity, honor and courage. Following his career in the Navy, he worked for Control Data Corporation as a Project Director for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife Janet of Coronado, daughters Laura Wallace Dickson and Allyson Wallace Scroggs, grandchildren Garth and Kelsey Dickson of Lake Oswego, OR., and brother Gordon B. Wallace of Corvalis, OR. A chair bearing his name is to be placed in the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Hall. Memorials in his name may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Memorial Fund, 247 King George St., Annapolis, MD,