In Memory Of Beloved
Captain Robert A. Schelling
May 23, 1917 - February 14, 2003
Captain Schelling graduated with the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1938.
His first assignment was aboard the battleship USS Idaho BB-42.
He married his life-long first mate, MaryAnne, in July 1940.
Captian Schelling held several command assignments during his naval career with his expressed favorite being
Commanding Officer of the USS Lyman K. Swenson DD729 and crew from 1949 to 1951. Many of the Association
ship mates under his command were 18 and 19 year olds and regarded him,
at that time, as "The Old Man", who himself was only in his mid 30's. Captain Schelling thankfully guided
the Swenson skillfully through several Korean War battles, one of which was the Inchon Invasion
earning the nickname "Sitting Duck" for the ship for being anchored in close proximity of the enemy
gun implacements during the invasion.
Captain Schelling retired from the US Navy in 1968, then, after serving three years at the Pentagon "repaying
the U.S. Government" for his Naval career, he and MaryAnne settled in Seattle, WA where for a time
he aided in oceanography research at the university.
In 1988, seventeen years after the USS Lyman K. Swenson was decommissioned, Captain Schelling's long time dream,
and that of three of his Swenson ship mates, Richard Brockhouse (LTCMDR, XO 50-52), Robert Davis (LTjg 50-51) and Edward Muldoon
(LTjg 51-52), was realized in the first DD729 reunion in Newport Beach, CA. At each of the
subsequent annual reunions, Captain Schelling was a primary stimulant in the continuing success
of the DD729 Sailors Association.
The passing of "Captain Bob" will leave a tremendous void at future Association reunions, but
his memory will have a lasting, heartfelt impression on all who knew him
..... a final salute to Captain Schelling.
Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes
From the hills
From the sky.
All is well,
God is nigh
Dims the sight
And a star
Gems the sky,
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise,
For our days,
'Neath the sun,
'Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.