Caney USN Ret, died on November 20th at
He was 88.
Born and raised in
Maine, he attended
BowdoinCollege and in 1942 he graduated from
the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis
with the Class of 1943.
Captain Caney wore
the Navy uniform for 40 years and was the last officer in his
NavalAcademy class to retire from active
duty. Most of his service was in destroyers, serving in the Atlantic
and Pacific Fleets. During World War II he participated in the invasions of
North Africa, Normandy, and
Southern France. He participated in the Vietnam War as a Destroyer
of his Navy career were spent at sea or overseas. He had six sea commands.
Overseas assignments included Europe and a
Caspian SeaPort in
where in the ‘70s he developed and implemented a training program for the
Imperial Iranian Navy.
shore assignments in the U.S.
included the NavalWarCollege, the Pentagon, where he played a
responsible role in the development of the Spruance Class destroyer; and Command
of the NavalTrainingCenter at Bainbridge,
In 1990 he wore
the uniform for the last time when he was the guest speaker at the
de-commissioning of the guided missile destroyer (DDG-7) which he placed in
commission 30 years earlier as the first commanding officer.
included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Bronze Star
Medal with combat V, the Army Commendation and Joint Service Commendation Medal
and various campaign medals.
Naval Service, he returned to Maine in
1981, and took up gardening and the piano.
He is survived by two sons, Lawrence D, Jr. and John F. both of
Valley CenterCA, one daughter Ellen
his sister Imogene Caney Fair of Louisville MS, four grandchildren and two great
grandsons. His wife of 55 years, the former Ann Pomerleau, predeceased him in
1998. In 2005 he married Marjorie Dudley Corle of Alexandria,
A memorial service
was held at the Demaine Funeral Home in Alexandria Va
on November 23rd. Internment will
follow in Gardiner Maine.