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In Memory

Bruce Keener - Crew Of 1968 VIEW PROFILE

Bruce Keener

KEENER - RAdm Bruce Keener III, 78, collapsed last Monday, and passed away early Sunday morning, 17 November. He was born 6 November 1924 in Knoxville, Tennessee. His Navy career began with his enlistment in 1943 and service in the Pacific. Soon after he was accepted at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, graduating in 1947 to serve with distinction in two further wars, through several surface warfare commands. Twenty years ago, on retiring from the Navy and his last posting as the Director of the Military Sealift Command, Bruce retired with his wife Kay to Ponte Vedra Beach. Bruce is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay, their children Kathy Lafferty (Farifax, VA) and Bruce Chip Keener IV (Houston, TX), and four grandchildren, Bruk, Trevor, Kathryn and Brendan. Services will be held 1100 Friday morning, 22 November at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. The family will receive friends following the service in the parish hall. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or the Jacksonville Humane Society at 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216. HARDAGEGIDDENS BEACHES CHAPEL.

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04/04/11 03:32 PM #1    

David Caldwell (1968)

This was without a doubt the finest Officer and person I ever served with. When I was interviewed for selection to Officer Candidate School in 1974, I was asked whom I would liked to imulate? Without hesitating, I repied CAPT Bruce Keener. A finer man has never been seen except GOD himself.


Proud to have served with such a special man!


Dave Caldwell

05/27/12 08:00 AM #2    

Raymond Pierce (1968)

Captain Keener without a doubt the Seattle was successful due to your leadership. You made the hard work and long hours worth all we put into them.


11/04/12 11:26 AM #3    

Rick Richardson (1970)

Ah !  Captain keener..... What a guy !

The best and most memorable captain of my days aboard Seattle.

What a colorful and fun loving captain and boy did he love his sharp shooting from the bridge wings.

Fairwell and Thanks Captain Keener, your fairness and zest for life sets the bar for what a true commander is about.

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