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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/03/18: CIA-RDP91-00587R000100020018-2 WASHINGTON POST 1 January 1966 OBITUARIES William B. Goggins, 87, retired Rear Admiral, Dies William B. Goggins, 87, a retired Navy rear admiral who commanded a battleship in World War 11 and whb later founded a computer and cotbmunications company here, died{ of cardiac arrest Dec. 27 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Arling- tof.. Early in the war, the future ad- mi"cal was executive officer of the light cruiser Marblehead in the Java Se?. The ship sustained heavy dam- age. in an action against the Japa- nese on Feb. 4, 1942, and Adm. Goggins was severely burned. He and ether casualties were landed on `aria while the Marblehead limped !tome. By the end of the month, Japa- nese forces were going ashore on Java, and the American sailors were hidden until they escaped to Aus- tralia aboard small craft. These ad- ventures formed the basis of a book by James Hilton and a movie, "The Story of Dr. Wassell," which was produced by Cecil B. DeMille. From October 1942 to January 1945, Adm. Goggins served at Pa- cific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. as head of the radio intelligence unit. He then took com- mand of the battleship Alabama, participating in actions at Okinawa and against the Japanese home is- lands. His military decorations included two Legions of Merit, the Purple leart and a Navy Unit Commen- dation, which was awarded to the Marblehead. His postwar assignments includ- ed duty as commanding officer of the Naval Administrative Command of the Central Intelligence Group in Washington, a forerunner of the CIA. He was chief of staff to the naval commandant of the Panama Canal Zone when he retired in 1949. He was advanced to the rank of rear admiral at that time. Adm. Goggins later did research at Johns Hopkins University and was a staff consultant to the Army Research Association. He also had operated his own firm, the General Kinetics Institute, a computer and communications company. Adm. Goggins, a resident of the Washington area since 1949, was a jtive of Republic, Wash. He at- cuded the ''Java: Academy at An- napolis, graduatin._: in 1919 with the (lass of 1920. He also saw duty board battleshi',, during World '.liar I. He earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at Yale 1 'nv'`r,:ty. His wife of 59 nears. the former '?.tta E! n, di^d in 1981. His sur- vriors include a son, retired Air Force Lt. Col. William B. Goggins Jr. of Bedford, Mass.; a daughter, Jane G. Ryan of Alexandria; a sis- ter, Beatrice Taber of Tumwater, Wash., and six grandchildren. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/03/18: CIA-RDP91-00587R000100020018-2