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Notes for Charles Norman BARNUM


Charles Norman Barnum attended The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1918-1922, graduating with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering . He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Charles worked for the Electric Boat Co., Groton Connecticut, on private yachts and for Bell Telephone Co., in New York, where he developed their telephone directories. He moved with Bell Telephone to Mil waukee, Wisconsin, and served in the Special Projects and Long Lines Division. The US Navy sent him to Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1941, to the Technical Office of the Navy, at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. Up to August 1945, they built 28 Electric Boat design Submarines, were the lead design and build team for the Landing Craft Tank, and built or oversaw the construction of many minesweepers and patrol craft. In 1945 he was put in charge of the German submarines at Portsmouth, NH. In 1947, having reached the rank of Captain, he returned to civilian life in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and rejoined the Wisconsin Telephone Co. He oversaw the SAGE project, which handled the communications for the Missile Early Warning and alert system. In 1952 he was re-activated to the Navy's Ship scheduling Activity in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and later transferred to the Algiers Naval Station in Louisiana. He again returned to civilian life and the telephone Co., and retired in 1963 to Beaufort, South Carolina. He and his family lived in the Smalls house there for several years, doing much renovation and placing the property on the National Registry. They later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to be close to their daughter, Jerusha, and son-in-law, Dr. J. Murray Fadial. Charles died in 1985 and is buried in the Beaufort Military Cemetery. Throughout his life he was an accomplished improvisational pianist. He covered the full scope of classical music, social songs, folk songs of the American, German, and French heritage, and work songs exemplified by the sea Chantys. As a musicologist he performed services for the Brevard Music Center during his summer stays there.

His death announcement appeared in the Boston Globe of February 7, 1985.
Birth: Jun. 12, 1901, Death: Feb. 4, 1985. Note: Capt., U.S. Navy. Burial: Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA. Plot: PA61, 0, 242.
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