Vice Admiral SHANNON D. CRAMER,JR.
(Age 90) Formerly of Clemson, SC, passed away at
his home in Washington, DC, surrounded by family
on February 15, 2012.
Shannon was born on September 18, 1921 in
Washington, DC to Shannon D. Cramer, Sr, and Mary
Hazen Duffy Cramer. He attended Central High
School in Washington, DC. where he excelled at football, was named to the
National Honor Society and was the President of his graduating class of 1939.
He skipped one year in high school and attended Admiral Farragut Academy
in Pine Beach, New Jersey to prepare for his entrance to the United States
Naval Academy. World War II accelerated the wartime classes including the
Class of 1944. Shannon graduated early, after only two years and nine
months, on June 9, 1943 and was commissioned an Ensign.
Admiral Cramer served aboard the USS Laub (DD613), the USS Furse
(DDR882), the USS Cochino (SS345), the USS Halfbeak (SS352), the USS
Cobbler (SS344) and the USS Sirago. He commanded the USS Swordfish
(SSN579), the Gold Crew of the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN599), Submarine
Division 102, Submarine Squadron 15. Admiral Cramer's other assignments
included the Staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron 6; aide to the Executive
Officer of the Submarine Base, head of the Reserve Training and Ordinance
Departments; submarine advisor to the Chief of Naval Reactors Office,
Atomic Energy Commission; head of the Material and Submarine Propulsion
Sections, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; deputy director of
Operations in the National Military Command Systems, J-3, Joint Chiefs of
Staff; and military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public
Affairs). He became commander, Submarine Flotilla 6 in May 1970, and in
August 1972, he reported as deputy director (strategic) of J-5, the Joint Staff,
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From August to September 1974, he was
deputy director for Plans, Defense Intelligence Agency. Admiral Cramer
consolidated and streamlined production elements of the Defense Mapping
He directed the efficiencies to the growing demands of the services and
commands for geographic information. He retired in 1977. Following
retirement, he served as the Department of Defense/Joint Chief of Staff
representative to the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference from 1978 to
1981. He received the DoD Outstanding Award for Public Service for this
assignment. Vice Admiral Cramer was a founder and the first President of the
Naval Submarine League. His tenure in that role was from 1981 to 1989. Vice
Admiral Cramer was recognized for his outstanding contribution as director of
DMA and was inducted into the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Hall
of Fame in 2003. Admiral Cramer's decorations and awards include the
Legion of Merit with four gold stars; the American Defense Service Medal;
the American Campaign Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal with two stars; the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; the
World War II Victory Medal; the Navy Occupation Service Medal; Europe
Clasp; the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star.
Admiral Cramer was a member of Eternal Shepherd Lutheran Church in
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Hugh, spouses Elizabeth
(Betts) Stewart Cramer and Marie Ploetz Cramer and son Shannon D.
Cramer III. Left to honor Shannon and remember his love are brother Calvin
Cramer (Sandra) and children John Cramer (Beverly), Beth Churchya (Dave),
Susan Algeo (Michael), Mary Cramer Wagner, Lawrence Ploetz (Denise),
Frederick Ploetz (Sandra), Joanne Biery (Tom), Janet Davis (Don), Judi
Petersen (Mark) and John Ploetz (Carol) as well as many grandchildren, great
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family of Admiral Cramer also wants to acknowledge the tender care
given to Shannon by his caregiver Rutendo Ried, the staff of Grand Oaks and
Capital Care Hospice.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial and interment at the Arlington
National Cemetery. Those who would like to contribute in his memory, may
do so by making donations to: Naval Academy, USNAF, Gift Processing, 291
Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402; Eternal Shepherd Lutheran Church, 220
Carson Road, Seneca, SC 29678 or Capital Caring Hospice, 50 F Street, NW,
Published in The Washington Post on March 4, 2012