Captain Fred Natella was born February
14, 1904, in Salerno, Italy. He came to the United States in 1913
and became a naturalized citizen on March 9, 1923. He attended
Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology)
where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering
on June 7, 1928. Following his graduation, he was appointed as
Deck Officer and on July 15, 1930, was commissioned as Ensign.
Captain Natella's 35-year career included ship assignments aboard
the MIKAWE, HYDROGRAPHER, OCEANOGRAPHER, GILBERT as Executive
Officer, SURVEYOR, PATHFINDER, and PIONEER as Navigating Officer
and Commanding Officer, and the BOWIE as Commanding Officer.
His other assignments included various triangulation field parties
working in Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,
Trinidad, Newfoundland, and Bermuda. He performed geodetic work
at both Washington Headquarters and the New York Field Office
and worked on photogrammetric field parties. At the time of
his retirement on March 1, 1964, he was assigned as District
Officer in Portland, Oregon. During World War II, Captain Natella
was cited by both the Army and Navy for having served in areas
of immediate military hazard for the periods March 1, 1942 to
February 23, 1943, and February 15, 1945 to September 1, 1945.
For this he was awarded the Coast and Geodetic Survey Meritorious
Service Ribbon, the Atlantic War Zone Ribbon and the Pacific
War Zone Ribbon.
Captain Natella is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former
Ruth A. Anis, and two children, a daughter, Carolyn N. Ferguson,
and a son, Captain Allen F. Natella, USAF.
CORPS BULLETIN, 11/1/1984