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    Posted: 23 Oct 2017 at 2:16pm

Captain Kurt F. Dorenkamp, U.S. Navy (Ret), 93, passed away on October 19, 2017, at The Glen at Willow Valley, Lancaster, PA. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Leo and Wilhelmina (Bonas) Dorenkamp. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 64 years, Mary E. (Doyle) Dorenkamp.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Pat Dorenkamp Reese, wife of Tim, and Peggy Dorenkamp Hebert, wife of Louis, and his son, Joseph Dorenkamp. Also surviving are Grandsons Jason Reese, LT Chris Reese USN, Marc Hebert, Jack Hebert, Kurt M. Dorenkamp and Evan Dorenkamp; and Granddaughters Sara Reese, Jennifer Dorenkamp, Olivia Dorenkamp and Skylar Dorenkamp.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Dorenkamp; his son, Frank Dorenkamp; his Granddaughter, Alysa Reese; and his Grandson, Jeffrey Dorenkamp.

Kurt was inducted into the U.S. Navy on February 14, 1943. He achieved the rating of Motor Machinist Mate 2nd class and then successfully competed for a Secretary of the Navy Fleet appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduating from the Academy in 1949 he served on the submarines USS Tusk (SS426), USS Sarda (SS488), USS Paddle (US263) and USS Bugara (SS331) and was the Commanding Officer of the USS Volador (SS490). Subsequently he was Commander Submarine Division 31.

Two other interesting assignments were Operations and Plans Officer on the Staff of Commander Submarine Flotilla Eight in Naples, Italy, where they tried to keep the submerged U.S. and soviet submarines from running into each other. The other was a six and a half year tour as a special projects manager on the staff of the National Underwater Reconnaissance Office, home of the unmentionables.

Captain Dorenkamp’s major awards were the Legion of Merit, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. After spending 33 ½ years in the Navy, Captain Dorenkamp spent another 33 ½ years in Navy RDT&E before retiring at the age of 85.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, November 24, 2017, beginning at 11:00 AM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Private interment with Military Honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kurt’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz Pike
3110 Lititz Pike

USNA[Canberra(CAG-2);Willard Keith(DD-775)];Providence(CLG-6);Sea Robin(SS-407); Nat Greene(SSBN-636B); GMS Dam Neck; Naval Advisory Group,Viet Nam; Okinawa(LPH-3); OIC FLTAC Corona;OIC NWS Fallbrook
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