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In Memory of
Earl H. Habermacher ATCS

Earl H. Habermacher ATCS USN Ret
Born January 31, 1929;
Died Sept. 22, 2011;
VW-1 10/3/1952 - 4/11/1955;

Earl Henry Habermacher - Retired USN Senior Chief Petty Officer, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Earl Departed this earth September 22, 2011 in Boulder City, Nevada. During his final days, he was surrounded by his loving Family, including his Wife of 58 years, Della Jean, Daughters: Sue, Sandy and the eternal spirit of his late Daughter Patricia and his Grandchildren Jessica, Armanda and Randall. Always holding Earl in the highest regard was his Grandson Jacob and wife Kristian; Granddaughter Christina and ten Great-Grandchildren: Orion, Owen, Lukas, Aivarie, Maddox, William, Reauna, Zachary, Darrian, and Cheyanne. A man of great stature and admiration. He served his country and family with unwavering love and admiration. He will be greatly missed and eternally loved by all who knew Him.

Earl was born in Germantown, WI on January 31, 1929. He enlisted in the US Navy in June 1948. After boot camp he was assigned to the Aviation Branch and completed the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) School. Earl served in various units until October 3, 1952 when, as a Petty Officer Second Class, he was assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron One (VW-1) based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He was an Electronic Technician and Flight Crew Member, both in the PB-1W aircraft as well as the WV-2 aircraft, serving in this capacity during his tour with VW-1. Earl was deployed with VW-1 Detachment Able to NAS Atsugi, Japan on a number of occasions flying missions in support of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet out of Atsugi or NAF Naha, Okinawa. On April 11, 1955, then a Petty Officer First Class, he was transferred to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for duty. After leaving Memphis he served in various units and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and subsequently to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Earl retired from the Navy in August 1969 after twenty-one years and three months of service. Earl was a member of the VW-1 Vanguard Association.