Rear Admiral Dwaine O. Griffith, U. S. Navy, (Retired), the
former Director of the U.S. Navy's Deep Submergence Systems
Division and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for
Deep Submergence, passed away on May 23, 1996, at the National
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Born April 20, 1935, in Shoshone, Idaho, Rear Admiral
Griffith graduated from the University of Idaho and was
commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
program in 1957. During his distinguished career in the U.S.
Navy's submarine force, Rear Admiral Griffith served on a variety
of submarines. He was the first Officer in Charge of Submarine
NR-1 and commanded USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN 633), USS SAM
RAYBURN (SSBN 635) and USS CANOPUS (AS 34). While in command of
Submarine NR-1, Rear Admiral Griffith was certified as a Deep
Submergence Operator, the twenty-seventh naval officer to be so
Rear Admiral Griffith served as a Flag Officer on the Staff
of the Chief of Naval Operations from April 1985, until his
retirement in July 1991. He retained his duties as Director,
Deep Submergence Systems Division, as a member of the Senior
Executive Service until August 1995.
Rear Admiral Griffith's personal awards include two
Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit and four awards of
the Meritorious Service Medal. He is survived by his wife, the
former Barbara Lee Jacobs, and their children, Kimberly, Dwaine