March 27, 1927 - March 13, 2021
Daniel Anthony Karwoski, Lt. Commander, US Navy, Ret., 93, New Smyrna Beach, died Saturday, March 13, 2021. Dan was born in Baltimore, MD to the late Ludwig and Antonette Karwoski and was the husband of Patsy Parker Karwoski. He attended St. Brigids Church and Holy Rosary Church, both in Baltimore. He also attended Baltimore Public Schools, graduated from Patterson Park High School, Baltimore with scholastic honors and was a pitcher on the school baseball team and ran track. Upon graduation, Dan joined the US Navy serving thirty years of active duty during WW II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era. He began his career serving on a destroyer and after VE Day, attended Salvage School at the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Subsequently, he was assigned to various Harbor Clearing Units in Tsing-Tau China, Marseilles, France and Genoa, Italy which were responsible for removing sunken vessels and applying render safe procedures to any located unexploded bombs, thereby making the harbor and port safe to navigate and moor. Dan was also qualified in Explosive Ordinance Disposal. Later he was assigned to a diving unit in Toulon, France tasked with Research, Development & Evaluation of various gasses and mixtures to enable the hard hat and scuba divers to dive to greater depths for longer periods of time. This eventually lead to the present day saturation diving. Danís last diving experience was in the Suez Canal, raising sunken cargo vessels after Egypt seized the canal from the English. During the Korean Conflict, Dan was a coxswain of a LCM during the invasion of Inchon and remained a coxswain until the evacuation of Hungnam (Frozen Chosen) in Christmas 1950. He then served three more tours of duty in Korea. After Korea, he was involved in Indo-Chin, now called Vietnam and The Passage to Freedom, transporting over 350,000 North Vietnamese escaping the communist takeover of the North. Us Navy LSTís made continuous runs from Hai Phong to Saigon until no others were permitted to leave. Dr. Tom Dooly made most of these trips as a Navy doctor. Dan spent over three years in the China Sea area and Vietnam during that war. On three different occasions, he was assigned special temporary duty with River Patrol Boat Units which operated on the Mekong River with Special Forces and Marine Recon Units. He advanced through the enlisted ratings to Chief Boatswains Mate, then becoming a Commissioned officer and ultimately retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Most of his thirty year naval career was at sea. His choice of duty was the Amphibious Forces, affectionately known as the Gator Navy. During his career, he received many decorations, awards and citations. Lt. Commander Karwoski was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach where he served as a Eucharistic Minister during Mass and a Minister to the Sick at the former Fish Memorial Hospital, New Smyrna Beach. For many years, he enjoyed working with children at Vacation Bible School. Dan is survived by his loving wife, Pat who resides in New Smyrna Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Thursday, April 22, 2021at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by military honors from American Legion Post #285, Edgewater. Private cremains burial will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims.
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