George V. Warren, age 90, a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at his home. He was born July 15, 1918, in Ellsworth, Kansas.
One of five brothers who served in the Navy during World War II, CDR Warren enlisted in the Navy, January 23, 1940, serving until retirement in 1970. He served during WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era, advancing from Apprentice Seaman to Commander, and in the process obtaining his naval aviation wings. .CDR Warren saw combat action December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor Hawaii and later flying F-2H2s from the deck of the USS Essex as part of VF-172 during the Korean Conflict. Other military service of note included service aboard the USS Essex in expectation of providing support for the exiled Cubans at the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile crisis, and as Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia recruiting area. Decorations and Commendations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Commendation with combat distinguishing device and four Air Medals. He entered retirement with his wife Iona Lucile Warren, residing in San Antonio until her death. He remarried Evelyn O'Neil Warren with who he spent the final years of his life.
Survivors include his wife Evelyn, of the home; two sons, Steven Warren and wife Sarah, Houston, Texas and Scott Warren and wife Deborah, Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister, Carrie Urbanek, Albuquerque, New Mexico; three brothers, William of Redlands, California, Thomas of Portland, Oregon, and Melvin of Mount Vernon, Washington. Also surviving are grandchildren, Allison and Kristen of Houston, Texas, and Jake of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct graveside services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the U. S. National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel from 9:30 A.M. until leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 A.M. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main.