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Ekman, Roger E. Capt. USN Ret

LTJG Roger Ekman, ca 1953

Roger Ekman CAPT USN Ret

He is frisky, alive, well, and rather randy; further, he is still married to his first wife, Joyce, and entering the 52nd of year of connubial bliss.  He has two sons, John & Paul.  If they had a third child the name would have been Jones.  Both of his sons have left the nest and are providing, very successfully, for themselves.  Lastly, of a personal nature, Annie and Peter are his two grand children.

After living in Hawaii, California, Rhode Island, Washington D. C., Alabama, Japan, and Iowa, he finally settled down for a short 32 years in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. (GO PACKERS!)  Since the weather in Wisconsin was not to his liking, he moved to Edina, Minnesota. (It is now GO VIKINGS!)

Did he have a Navy Career?? Yes.  A fast review of those years would reveal that he served in the following duty stations:  USS Whitehurst DE 634: USS Morgan County LST 1048; USS Platte AO 24; NROTC Unit Iowa State College; Frank E. Evans DD 754; Staff, Cruiser Division ONE; Naval War College; Everett F. Larsen DD 830; USS Tioga County LST 1158; Staff, Pacific Fleet; Leonard F. Mason DD 852 (The "Racin' Mason"); Air War College and Staff, Chief of Naval Operation.  As if this were not enough, he was employed in civilian life with; Logemann Brothers, Williams Steel and Supply, University of Wisconsin, Market Probe and Research, and finally, was associated (without pay) with the village government of Whitefish Bay, the Milwaukee Navy League, and the Salvation Army.  So after trying unsuccessfully to hold a job, which proved unsuccessful, he retired and started cutting the grass, raking leaves, and shoveling snow in between maintaining a house in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.  Since that got old, he and his wife moved to Edina, Minnesota.

So what happened to Roger Ekman, he is now drinking coffee, watching NASCAR, and every month laughing all the way to the bank.  So in summary, I guess you could say that life has been kind to him!    R.E.E. August, 2004

Articles by Roger Ekman include, "The K-Gun Incident",  "The Lube Oil Caper",    "UnRep" (Underway Replenishment), and major portions of "Facts" .  Most recently, the story of "Typhoon Doris" which is linked off the SAR Missions page.    mc

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