CDR Charles Bardwell

Obituary of CDR Charles Bardwell

CDR. Charles Laighton Bardwell, USN, 103 of Princeton died Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Merwick Care & Rehab Center in Plainsboro. Born in Tuckahoe, New York on June 19, 1914 to Sarah Hitchcock and Frank Darwin Bardwell. He is predeceased by his parents, three brothers, two nephews and his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Susan and his son-in-law John Cooley. He is survived by his daughter Annie Cooley, (Hilton Head, SC) his grandson Carson Cooley, (Hilton Head, SC), his step-grandson Peter Cooley, (New Canaan, CT.) Three nephews and three nieces. He is the decedent of “William the Conqueror” and the “Hamlet of Bardwell” outside of London is named for his family.

CDR Charles L. Bardwell, reported on February 24, 1956 to NATTS to assume the duties as Executive Officer. Born in Tuckahoe, New York, CDR Bardwell lived there until he entered Pensacola Flight Training in 1939.  He attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY. While attending Fordham College, he coached the Roosevelt High School Ice Hockey Team. (I wonder if they ever won any games.) He entered the Naval Reserve and New York Naval Militia in 1932 on the old USS ILLINOIS. On completion of college in 1939 he went into the Aviation Cadet Program and concluded his elimination base training at Floyd Bennett, NY. Taught instrument flying at Pensacola and Jacksonville after commissioning as a Naval Aviator. Helped commission Patrol Squadron 33 at Norfolk, Virginia in 1942. Served in Panama with Patrol Squadrons 33 and 1 until 1944. Served in the Pacific area as Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron 9, returning in 1946. Taught NROTC at Princeton University 1946-47. Attended General Line School at Newport 1947-48 and then the junior course at the Naval War College 1948-49. Spent 18 months as Assistant Operations Officer (SEA-AIR RESCUE) for Caribbean Sea Frontier. Returned to the Staff of the Naval War College and Newport until assigned as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FIFTY SIX, Norfolk, Virginia in 1953. In November 1954 he assumed the duties as Navigator aboard the USS LEYTE serving there for a period of 16 months prior to reporting as Executive Officer at NATTS. CDR took over the duties as Operations Officer of Fleet Air Wing FOURTEEN now based at San Diego, California.

After retiring from the Navy in 1960, he and his family moved to Princeton where he worked for American Management Association as a Program Director for eighteen years. Upon retirement, he and his wife spent many years enjoying their home on Marco Island, Florida. He is a long-standing member of his beloved Springdale Golf Course and has resided in the Princeton Windrows for the last sixteen years where he enjoyed new friends and good times. A special thanks to his caregiver of the last three years (Irene) for making his life so comfortable and the staff of Princeton Windrows for all their kindness over the years.
A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM at All Saints Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, followed by a reception at Springdale Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors.