Kenneth Wallace

Obituary of Kenneth Carroll Wallace

Kenneth Carroll Wallace, 95, passed away September 23, 2015 at his home in Melbourne, Florida. He was born on July 30, 1920 in New London, CT to Kenneth Reuben Ransom Wallace, CAPT, USN(RET) and Bridget Mary Carroll. Admiral Wallace+óGé¼Gäós Naval career spanned more than three decades. He graduated in 1942 from the United States Naval Academy in the class of 1943. He received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended the U.S Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, the Nuclear Power School at the Naval Reactors Facility, Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His service included duty during the conflicts of Vietnam and Korea as well as WWII. He served on a number of US Naval Vessels. He was involved in the development of the Sidewinder and Polaris missile systems. He commanded the USS George(DE697), the USS Manley(DD940), the USS Observation Island(EAG154) and the USS Long Beach(CGN9) which was the first US Navy nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser. In addition, he was Commander Cruise-Destroyer Flotilla Twelve in Mayport, Florida. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth C. Wallace, Jr. of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Robert C. Wallace of Austin, Texas, Thomas C. Wallace of Edgartown, Massachusetts and John P. Wallace of Melbourne, Florida; many grandchildren and an increasing number of great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Katharine Carroll Wallace and his great grandson, Wyatt Carroll Lewis-Wallace. He and Kitty, with their four boys, first moved to Brevard County in 1957. They lived on Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Satellite Beach during their time in Brevard. They purchased their grove, Lotus Landing, on Merritt Island and built their dream home. There were many days you could find them tending the trees in the grove. They moved to the Indian River Colony Club in Melbourne in 2000.A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Friday, October 16, 2015 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL 32940, with full military honors. He will be buried in a graveside ceremony with military honors at 10:30am on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the Frankfort Cemetery, 225 Steele Street, Frankfort, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society or the March of Dimes.
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