Death of a Classmate : BURNHAM C. McCAFFREE JR. "Mike"

BURNHAM C. McCAFFREE JR. "Mike" Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy (Ret.) Burnham C. McCaffree Jr., "Mike", died at Goodwin House Alexandria on May 13, 2023. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1954, and became a surface warfare officer, serving in an aircraft carrier, a heavy cruiser, three destroyers and three amphibious ships. He commanded the destroyer USS Johnston, an amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport, and an amphibious squadron, conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean and deploying to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Norwegian Seas and the Indian Ocean. He served ashore in Norfolk VA, in Newport RI, in South Vietnam, and in Washington. As a flag officer he directed two divisions on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), and commanded an amphibious group in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. After retiring from the Navy in 1988, Mike was a consultant for several defense-related research companies, most notably the Center for Naval Analyses, and for the federal government. He served in various capacities in church and community organizations associated with retirement living and seniors' services in northern Virginia and in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. He is survived by his beloved wife Lynn, their two devoted daughters Elizabeth Antanitus and Debora Reed, five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A memorial service was conducted at Goodwin House Alexandria, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Published by The Washington Post on May 28, 2023.

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