CAPT Charles P. Sheppard, USN, Ret.

Commanding Officer 1956 - 1958

Served onboard while a COMMANDER

CDR Charles P. Sheppard
CDR Charles P. Sheppard, USN

The following obituary was printed on April 2, 2002 in The Capital which serves the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in Maryland:


Charles Paul "Shep" Sheppard, 81, an 18-year resident of Annapolis and formerly of Arlington, Va., died of a heart attack March 30 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Mr. Sheppard was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas. After graduating from East Texas State University, he worked as a band director and high school teacher. At the onset of World War II, he was commissioned as a Navy officer and saw action in Europe and in the Pacific, where he commanded two ships and received numerous awards for bravery in many theaters of combat. He also participated in the post-war occupation of Japan. His 32-year military career continued until his retirement in 1973 and he was involved in the Korean War, the Cuban missile crisis and the Vietnam War.

After his retirement, he obtained master's and doctorate degrees from George Washington University, and from 1975 to 1985, he was employed by the Anne Arundel County government as a budget analyst, managing education programs. Well known for his support of the educational process at all levels, he was selected to serve on the Anne Arundel County Personnel Grievance Board, leaving that post in 1998.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marie Sheppard; two sons, Charles P. Sheppard Jr. of Fairfax, Va., and Stephen C. Sheppard of Pensacola, Fla.; three granchildren; and a sister, Edith Garrett of Houston.

He was the father of David Raymond Sheppard, who died in 1991.

Visitation will be held tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

A funeral Mass will be said at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Light House Shelter, 202 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401.


Published 04/02/00, Copyright 2006 The Capital, Annapolis, Md.


Prior to his service onboard USS William R Rush (DD 714), a younger LTJG Charles P. Sheppard served in USS PC-565. While serving onboard PC-565 the ship sunk the German U Boat U-521. In 1980, retired Captain Charles P. Sheppard wrote a history of the USS PC-565 for the Naval War College Museum. Links are provided below for some photographs and the history of PC-565 written by CAPTAIN Sheppard.

Please note that the below two links will take you away from the USS William R Rush website. Use your keyboard's BACK button to return.

Click on the photo below
for more photos about PC-565 & U-521.

LTJG Sheppard is third from left, US Navy Photo.
LTJG Sheppard is third from left.

Click on the photo below for History of PC-565 as written by CAPT Sheppard.

USS PC-565, US Navy Photo
USS PC-565