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After nearly 31 years of loyal and outstanding service in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, hubert patonCaptain Hubert A. Paton retired from his last assignment as Supervisor, Southeastern District, in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 31, 1954, by reason of his own request.

Captain Paton received his education at the Mena, Arkansas, elementary and high schools and Arkansas University, and graduated June 5, 1923, from Oklahoma University with the degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. On September 1, 1923, he entered on duty in this Bureau as Deck Officer and was assigned to a current survey in San Francisco Bay. Following this work he was Junior Officer aboard the Ships DISCOVERER, PIONEER, and EXPLORER, in Washington and southwest Alaska, respectively. His next tour of duty was in the Philippine Islands as Executive Officer on the MARINDUQUE and old PATHFINDER. Returning to the States he advanced through various assignments on the LYDONIA, NATOMA, and SURVEYOR and as Commanding Officer of the GILBERT and BOWEN. He was Chief of Party which conducted a hydrographic survey of Oahu Island, T.H., in cooperation with the U.S. Army in 1931 and during 1948 he was in charge of the Arctic Field Party engaged on hydrographic surveys along the Arctic coast of Alaska; both assignments being extremely hazardous and skillfully executed. Various Naval operating units commended Captain Paton and expressed their appreciation for his fine cooperation in expediting the Arctic surveys and furnishing urgently needed charting information. He was in charge of the Baltimore Photogrammetric Office prior to his last assignment as Supervisor, Southeastern District.

During World War II he was on active duty with the U.S. Army from March 25, 1942 to January 3, 1946, as Aerial Navigation Training Director 2533 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, A.C., and received the following decorations and citations: European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one BRONZE STAR, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and US C&GS Pacific War Zone Ribbon. He participated in the Po Valley Campaign in Italy.

Upon his retirement, Captain Paton planned to make a leisurely trip across the northern part of the country to the West Coast and finally settle in southern California.

THE BUZZARD, 6/2/1954

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