Robert S. Swan

Captain USN (Retired) Retired career Naval Officer died Saturday, April 3, 2010, following a short illness.

Robert was born in Hanover, New Hampshire on July 15, 1932. He was a 34 year resident of the Washington, DC area. After joining the U.S. Navy, Robert commanded the following ships: the USS Navajo, USS Salinan, USS Vance, and the USS Steinaker.

He retired from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. in 1982. In retirement, he served in the rank of Grandpa to his three grandchildren, where he brought them joy and laughter on a daily basis. Beloved husband of Carolyn L. Swan, he is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth, son-in law Neil, and three grandchildren: Cameron, Ryan and Meaghan, all of Fairfax, Virginia. Robert was predeceased by his son, Robert. Services and interment private.

Published in The Washington Post on April 7, 2010

Robert S. Swan, Captain USN (Retired) (1932 - 2010)

Memorial Service and Burial Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 12:45 PM Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery Gathering at Walsh home following burial

Directions to Memorial Service at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel: Fort Myer, Virginia, is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery. Fort Myer has three gates, but for the service, you must enter at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Access Control Point- Hatfield Gate on Washington Blvd. at South 2nd Street.

Be prepared to go through security before entering the base, parking and getting to the chapel. You must have a valid driver's license as proof of identity.

-- FROM THE SOUTH ON INTERSTATE 95: Inside the Capital Beltway, 1-95 becomes 1-395. Proceed north toward Washington. Take Exit 8A (7 miles inside the Beltway), marked "Washington Blvd., Route 27." Bear left on the ramp, following the signs. Exit Washington Blvd. to the right at the exit marked "Fort Myer Only."

-- FROM THE WEST ON INTERSTATE 66: Proceed on 1-66 inside the Capital Beltway. Take exit 26 (7 miles inside the Beltway) marked "Route 110 South, Pentagon, Alexandria." Pass the Iwo Jima Memorial on your right, then immediately turn right onto Marshall Drive and continue 3/4 miles to Fort Myer gate.

-- FROM THE NORTH ON THE CAPITAL BELTWAY (I-495): Immediately after crossing the American Legion Bridge into Virginia, exit to the right onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway, toward Washington, Exit 43-44. Merge onto the Parkway, then take exit toward US-50. Merge onto Arlington Blvd/US-50. Proceed west in the right lane to a ramp for Ft. Myer Drive/Meade Street. Make a left turn, pass by the Iwo Jima Memorial on your left, proceed to the stop sign and turn right into Ft. Myer.

-- FROM D.C.: Take 1-395 out of the city and into Virginia. Pass the Pentagon and take Exit 8A for Washington Blvd. Proceed on Washington Blvd and take exit marked "Fort Myer Only" on the right. Directions to Burial at Arlington National Cemetery: After the service, we will return to our cars to follow the caisson to the burial site at Arlington Cemetery.

Carolyn, Beth and Neil welcome friends to the Walsh home following burial for a casual gathering of food and memories. Walsh house is less than 30 minutes away from the cemetery.

Directions to Walsh home from Arlington National Cemetery:
  • 1. Start out going NORTHEAST on MEMORIAL DR (Crossing into DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA). 0.3 mi
  • 2. Enter next roundabout and take 2nd exit. 0.6 mi
  • 3. Merge onto WASHINGTON BLVD toward I-395 S/L.B.J. MEMORIAL GROVE/PENTAGON (Crossing into VIRGINIA). 1.4
  • 4. Merge onto I-395 S toward S ARL RIDGE RD/RICHMOND. 7.6 mi
  • 5. Merge onto I-495 N/CAPITAL BELTWAY via EXIT 1D toward TYSONS CORNER. 2.8 mi
  • 6. Take the VA-620 W/BRADDOCK RD WEST exit, EXIT 54B-A. 0.5 mi
  • 7. Merge onto VA-620 W/BRADDOCK RD via EXIT 54A. 2.1 mi
  • 8. Turn LEFT onto BURKE LAKE RD/VA-645 N.
  • 10. Take the OX ROAD SOUTH/VA-123 ramp. 0.4 mi
  • 11. Turn LEFT onto VA-123 S/OX RD. 0.3 mi
  • 12. Turn RIGHT onto ROBERT CARTER RD. 0.2 mi
  • 13. Turn LEFT onto UNION CAMP DR. 0.1 mi
  • 14. Arrive
  • Neil and Beth Walsh