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samuel grenell

Captain Samuel Barker Grenell, NOAA (Retired)

November 14, 1900 - February 28, 1982.
Captain Grenell was born in Grenell Island Park, New York. He attended Clarkson College of Technology where he graduated in 1924 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He was appointed a Deck Officer in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on June 19, 1924, and an Aid on March 5, 1925, with relative rank of Ensign in the Navy.

During his 36-year career he spent the greater part of his first 25 years engaged in field surveys. His sea assignments included serving aboard the LYDONIA, PIONEER, SURVEYOR, MARINDUQUES in the Philippines, GILBERT, OCEANOGRAPHER; PATTON as Executive Officer; WESTDAHL as Commanding Officer; and the EXPLORER as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. Other assignments included wire drag as Chief of party; photogrammetry as party chief; Oakland Processing Officer as officer-in-charge; Assistant Chief of the Division of Geomagnetism and Seismology; Northwestern District as District Supervisor; and at the time of his retirement on May 1, 1960, he was serving as Chief of Coastal Surveys in Washington, D.C. It was during this last assignment that he recognized the need for Corps officers to become proficient in diving operations, and it was largely through his foresightedness that diving training became an integral part of survey operations.

Captain Grenell served from February 12, 1942 to September 1, 1945, on projects for the Department of the Navy in areas to be of immediate military hazard. For this he was awarded the Pacific War Zone Ribbon. During the course of his career he was affiliated with the American Society of Photogrammetry, American Geophysical Union, American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, Seismological Society of America, and Institute of Navigation.

He is survived by his Wife, Mary G., and a daughter, Anne M. Anderson, of Seattle, Washington.


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