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Fort Meade celebrated Black History Month with the theme of “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” The annual observance was hosted by Navy Information Operations Command Maryland at McGill Training Center Feb. 14. Rear Adm. James Crawford III, deputy judge advocate general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command, gave the keynote address. Listen to his full speech at JAG Radio.
Rear Adm. (ret.) Charles E. McDowell, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy of Alexandria, VA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2012 surrounded by his family and devoted caregivers. Born in Manchester, NH in 1923, he was the son of Joseph Curry McDowell from Belfast, Ireland and Mildred Howe Eager also of Manchester, NH. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1947, Class of 1944) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1950).
During WWII, he served as the Rifle Platoon Leader; 3rd Platoon, Company A, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division; France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded and hospitalized March 3, 1945. Three days later his platoon captured the Ludendorff Railway Bridge in Remagen Germany. He served in the United States Navy as an attorney from 1951 until his retirement in 1980. During the height of the Vietnam war he served as the Head Legal Officer of the Seventh United States Fleet: Yokosuka, Japan. He went on to serve as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and then as the Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 1978-1980. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1980, he continued to practice law in Woodbridge, VA until he retired in 1997.
For thirty-six years he and his wife lived in the Waynewood neighborhood in Alexandria. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church where he was head of the church’s kitchen committee. He found great joy in preparing Wednesday night church dinners and preparing meals for the Route One Community Kitchen. He and his wife were avid swimmers and square dancers. He enjoyed reading, surf fishing and was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Carolyn “Candy” G. McDowell; daughters Robin (Bruce) Mathews and Patricia “Mimi” (Tom) VanPoole; grandchildren Kristi (Isaac) Maiselman and Kevin (Amanda) Mathews; great grandchildren Charles and Oliver Mathews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11am at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA 22308. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA 22308.
Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III, with Benny Agosto, president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) at the 37th Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention in Seattle Aug. 22 – 25. Hundreds of attorneys, judges, and students gathered for a four-day program featuring Continuing Legal Education panels with top legal experts, national policymakers and leaders, and pressing issues; networking events and workshops; the nation’s largest Hispanic Career Fair with exhibits from prominent firms, companies, and government agencies. See more photos.