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USS L. Y. Spear (AS-36)


Captain Charles E. Ellis, USN

Capt Charles Eugene Ellis is a native of Texas. After receiving a draft notice, he enlisted in the Navy in November 1961. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin under the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned after completing Officer Candidate School. Capt. Ellis served in a variety of submarine billets, including command of USS Skipjack (SSN 585)[ 10 Apr 1985 11 July 1985], USS Louisville (SSN 724) [8 Nov 1986 24 Apr 1987] and USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36) [30 June 1989 - 2 March 1991]. His duty ashore included a tour on the staff of Submarine Group FIVE, during which he earned a Master of Science Degree from Chapman University and a tour as Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA from which he retired in December 1992. Capt. Ellis was employed as Provost of a Distant Learning Center of Georgia Military College until October 1997. His decorations and awards include: Legion of Merit with 2 Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with 2 Stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 Stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Star, Good Conduct Medal and Navy "E" Ribbon. Biography courtesy of the American Legion
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