Captain Joseph C. Partington
was born February 2, 1900, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended
University of Nebraska where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Civil Engineering. He was appointed as a Deck Officer
and on December 4, 1925, was commissioned as an Ensign.
During his 31-year career Captain Partington served aboard the
following ships: the DISCOVERER, SURVEYOR as Executive Officer
and Commanding Officer, EXPLORER, GUIDE, MIKAWE as Executive
Officer, PATTON as Commanding Officer, PATHFINDER as Executive
Officer, and at the time of his retirement (July 1, 1956) the
HYDROGRAPHER as Commanding Officer. His other assignments included
triangulation, wire drag, hydrography, and photogrammetry.
Captain Partington was transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps
during World War II from November 1942 through September 1944.
This tour of duty was in the South Pacific where over a year
was spent in making invasion maps in the Solomon Islands.
He was awarded medals for Victory, World War I; Campaign and
Service, Victory, World War II; National Defense (Pre-Pearl
Harbor); Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Theatre; and Campaign, American
He is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 55 years, and three
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