Retired Rear Admiral and Reverend Robert Louis Baughan, Jr., 94, of
Carlisle, PA, died on Jan. 8, 2014, at Cumberland Crossings Retirement Community. He was born in Huntington,
WV, on Sept. 6, 1919, the son of the late Robert Louis Baughan and Elsie Martin Baughan.
graduated early from the United States Naval Academy in 1941 because the Navy needed officers in the fleet in preparation
for World War II. His first assignment was to the U.S.S Lexington which was sunk at the Battle of the Coral
Sea. After surviving that battle, he returned to San Francisco where he promptly asked Eleanor Bushnell
Yount to be his wife. She flew out from Norristown, PA on a DC3 to marry him on June 26, 1942.
service in World War II included convoy duty in the Atlantic where his ship, the USS Champlin sank three German submarines
and participated in the Sicilian occupation, the bombardments of the Formia-Anzio area of Italy, and the invasion of southern
After WWII, he received a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He
then served in the Korean War as the Executive Officer of the USS Shelton and Commanding Officer of the USS Porterfield.
After the Korean War, he was the Executive Officer of the USS Salem, Flagship of the Sixth Fleet, operating in the
Mediterranean in 1957.
When he attained the rank of Captain, he supervised the construction and assumed command of one of the first guided
missile frigates, the USS Leahy. As an Admiral, he assumed command of Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Nine and
Cruiser-Destroyer Group, Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War.
His shore duties included
Deputy Director for Operations in the National Military Command Center, Project Manager of the Major Surface Combatant Ships
Project and Vice Chief of Naval Material.
During his military career, Robert Baughan,
Jr. was always active in his family's churches and the Officers' Christian Fellowship. After he
retired in 1975, he became treasurer and administrative officer of the Central Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran Church.
At the age of 60, he entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, was ordained in 1981, and called to be
the pastor of two churches at the same time, St. John and St. Luke Lutheran Churches in Green Village and Scotland, PA.
he fully retired to travel and enjoy life with Eleanor at Cumberland Crossings, Carlisle. In addition to
Eleanor, he is survived by two sons, Dr. George R. (wife, Jane) Baughan, Ed.D. of Drexel Hill and Thomas H. (wife, Cynthia)
Baughan of North Potomac, MD; one sister, Barbara Sharp of Wooster, OH; grandchildren, Daniel, Michael,
Brian, Frank and Edward, Jeremie and Bristol Baughan, Jesseca Brown, Mariah Muhlbradt; and seven great-grandchildren, Casey,
Madelyn, Lindsey, Dylan, Callie, Ella and David. He was predeceased by one son, Dr. David M. Baughan, MD,
who died Dec. 9, 2012.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at 11 a.m.
in the Trindle Spring Lutheran Church, 14 State Rd., Mechanicsburg, with Pastor Richard G. Lorenz officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be on Tuesday at 12:00 noon
in Augustus Lutheran Cemetery in Trappe, PA. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements.
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May God grant you
strength in your grief to rejoice in the life you shared with Robert. Keep telling the stories about him so that he may live
on here among us even as he lives in eternity with God.
With our deepest sympathy,
Father Ed and Kim Shiley
From all of us at White Sulphur Springs (OCF), our heartfelt sympathy and prayers as you
adjust to Bob's earthly absence. What a great saint and warrior for Christ, both in uniform and in his continued service
in the pastorate!
Clay and Marty Thomas (for all the staff at WSS-OCF)
I remember Admiral Baughan as a gentle man with a strong sense of right and wrong. One of my fondest
memories as child growing up was the day we were invited as VIP guests to his ship harbored in Baltimore - what a special
experience! Love and condolences to everyone in the family.
Charles Givans (Weave)
My heart is with the family today. I remember Uncle Bob's wonderful smile and
laugh. My family is sending much love today. Love, Nancy Sander and Chris Best
Love and condolences to the Baughan family on the passing of a great man.
Mike and Katie
He was an inspiration to us all who studied with
him at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Rev. Walt Cleckley
My sympathy is extended to you, Eleanor, and to Robert's
family. I was privileged to have Robert as a participant in the class I taught in Old Testament at the seminary, and to
be invited to participate in his installation service at St. John Greenvillage. May God comfort you and sustain you
in the time ahead.
and I were so sorry to hear, a couple days ago, about Adm. Baughan's passing. My father, Stuart C. Jones, was a classmate
(roommate?)at the Naval Academy and a good friend. If my memory serves me correctly, Captain(at the time) Baughan stayed
with us (my dad was a Boston Naval Shipyard Commander1966-68) when the USS Leahy was commissioned, or shortly thereafter-he
gave us a tour of his new ship! He stands out in my memory (I was in High School) as a very nice, very kind and very
intelligent man! My father passed away 8/1/2010 but my mother, Doris Jones, will be very sorry to hear about Adm. Baughan.
I personally owe the Baughans a large debt of gratitude for recommending Wittenberg University to my parents when I decided
in Sept. of my second year at the Naval Academy, to leave. Within a couple weeks, I was at Wittenberg and had 3 wonderful
years there before I ,regrettably, had to graduate! I return there regularly to see my many good friends and always
remember it! He played a big part in this great part of my life. Adm. Baughan was a great man and we are
so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all. email: email@example.com
We just read of Admiral Baughan's passing in "The Shipmate."
Our condolences to you, George Tom, and their families. I have such fond memories growing up with your boys and getting
back in touch with you when I first moved to San Diego as a new teacher. My mom and dad, Ray and Del Hundevadt, were your
good friend for many years. They are both gone now, but they highly valued their long friendship with you and Admiral Baughan.
Do you remember that you gave me a place to stay when I was looking for an apartment in San Diego? And Mike, my husband,
remembers the day you and Admiral Baughan invited us with Mom and Dad to lunch onboard Admiral Baughan's flagship to
celebrate our engagement much to the terror of my newly-minted ensign fiance. I felt so comfortable being there with longtime
family friends, but Mike could not get past the fact he was sitting in the wardroom of the commander of Cruiser-Destroyer
Flotilla Nine. You both made it to our wedding in Redlands and even came to our little apartment for lunch after our son,
Andy, was born. We were touched and honored.
Admiral and Reverend Baughan served his country and his God faithfully
and set an example of humble and godly living for all of us who knew him. We are glad we knew him.
Mike and Jane
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