James P Kvederis, CAPT, USN (retired)
Born February 1930, James Paul Kvederis
enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950. Attaining his
college degree while enlisted, James re-enlisted attending
Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. As an
officer, James served his country in various capacities
while assigned to the USS Wadleigh, the USS Luce, the USS
Waddell and the USS Haverfield. James attended the Naval
Post Graduate School in May 1968 and was assigned as
Commanding Officer of the USS Kirk.
After a stellar career, Captain James P
Kvederis retired from the Navy in 1980. He is survived by
his wife and 7 children. Captain Kvederis passed on
September 8, 2012.
wasMonday September 17, 2012, 4:00PM - 8:00PM at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary
FUNERAL MASS was
wasTuesday September 18, 2012, 10:30AM at St. Michael Catholic Church
COMMITTAL was , ,
wasTuesday September 18, 2012, 1:00PM at Miramar National Cemetery
,San Diego County
,CA, Plot: SECTION 9 SITE 625
I remember him from my time on the Waddell and later when he was co of the Kirk I heard him on the radio while I was in Vietnam and arranged to visit him (via a small fishing boat) and spent the bnight. First hot shower I had had in three months. He was really hospitable and I will miss him. I will send a condolence note
Kvederis was my first XO on Waddell. Always wondered what happened to him. Appreciate the update.
This morning I received my copy of
MILITARY OFFICER in the mail. I was sorry to see the
obituary for, who I believe , was one of our shipmates.
I think that Jim Kvederis was the XO when I reported onboard
in late May 1966. He was relieved by Jim Thearle in
approximately August 1966. I found 2 pictures of Jim
Kvederis on page 15 or our cruise book. In one of the
pictures he is standing next to Captain Walker and in the
other picture he is sitting next to Jane Walker.
Jim had a brother who was a Navy Chief
Warrant Officer. I do not remember his name but met
him on a Navy C-130 flight from Norfolk, Virginia to
Richardson, Texas while I was station at Commander Naval Air
Forces Atlantic during the 1968 – 1971 timeframe. The
aircraft was a TACAMO (which, I think stood, for “Take
Charge And March Off) aircraft which communicated with our
submarines prior to the days satellite communications.
I worked with Jim after we both retired, at Unisys Corp.... and Since I had lost touch over the years, I knew he was ill, and his wife was aquainted with us...Marie was home when I called the phone number I have in my phone book, and we talked for nearly an hour, as she related to me his last breaths on earth. Jim was a great person to know and we had good times when we both were in the Civilian world at Unisys Corp.......
Marie, his wife, unloaded his final life with her, as we
talked for quite a while.... He didn't go to peacefully,
but it was an interesting conversation with her...
I'm glad you sent this to the Waddell crew, as I had already
retired when he was the 'Skipper'... He never mentioned it
at work, with me... nor I him... strangely enough...
Jim was a good friend, and I was sorry to hear the
regurgitation from Marie, over his final hours.... Had to
have been tough on her...
Thanks for sending the data CDR, JIm Kvederis was a good
friend and most likely a Great Skipper..