Richard S. Katzenberger (Katz), LT USN (Ret.) died of a heart attack on February 4, 2005 at home on Camano Island, WA
surrounded by his loving family, after a long, hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Katz rose through the rates to Chief Radioman and in 1960, received his appointment as a Warrant Officer. Later, he was commissioned as a Naval Security Group Special Operations Officer (LDO).
During his Naval career, Katz was stationed on the U.S.S. McKean and the PC-464, and at the following duty stations: Cheltenham, MD; NavSecSta, Wash. D.C.; Bainbridge Island, WA; Aragusuku, Okinawa (where he set up the first intercept station on Okinawa immediately after that island was taken from the Japanese Imperial Army and was when he was made Chief Radioman); Adak,
AK; Skaggs Island, CA; Bremerhaven, Germany; Sebana Seca, Puerto Rico (appointed Warrant Officer); Fort Meade, MD; Kodiak, AK; Skaggs Island, CA (commissioned LDO); Norfork VA (at CincLantFlt during the Cuban missle crisis); Imperial Beach, CA; Kamiseya, Japan (during the U.S.S. Pueblo and EC-121 crises).
He retired in 1970.
Katz was a member of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (the NCVA),
the Military Officer Association, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Four-Stack APD Veterans, and the Patrol Craft Sailors Association. He and Rosemary enjoyed going to the many reunions held throughout the country.
He is survived by Rosemary, to whom he was happily married for 63 years; his three daughters, seven grandchildren (two of whom now serve their country in a similar manner), and nine great-grandchildren.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 12th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Stanwood, WA.