Captain Charles Bowers Momsen Junior

Captain Charles Bowers Momsen, Jr.  was born in Garrett Park, Maryland on April 20, 1920.  He attended schools in China and the Philippines where his father was stationed and then Georgetown Prep School.  He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1938 in the Class of 1942 but graduated in December of 1941 due to World War II.  

He attended the Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut where he was first in class and also the Naval war College in Newport, Rhode Island.   He served in the US Navy on continuous active duty until September, 1964 when he retired as a Captain.  

He was awarded the Bronze Star for actions on the USS Barbero in WW II and commanded the Navy's first guided missile submarine, the USS Cusk.  

From 1959 to 1984 he served as the Director of Undersea Programs in the Office of Naval Research.  During that period he spearheaded the Deep Submergence Program of which the submersible ALVIN was the first result.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Elmer Sperry Award from the United States Department of Transportation for his work on the ALVIN. 

After his retirement he was head of the Ocean Engineering Department of the General Motors Research Laboratory in Goleta, California.  There he was responsible for the training of the GM Research Submersible DOWB (Deep Ocean Work Boat).  

He also served as Chairman of Ocean Engineering Department of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He retired from General Motors in 1982.

Captain Momsen passed away on October 21, 2002 and was buried at sea in the Straits of Juan de Fuca from the USS Momsen DDG-92, the ship named after his father, Vice Admiral Momsen.  A portion of his ashes is interred at the United States Naval Academy in the Wall of Honor Cemetery.