John Dubell Apple (14)

John Dubell Apple, died at his home in Gales Ferry, CT, on 16 August 2012 after a long and arduous battle with cancer. "Jack" was born in Philadelphia, PA, on 3 June 1934, the son of the late John Dubell Apple and Mary Ellen Brennan. He had one sister, Frances. Early schooling was at St. Cyril Grammar School followed by St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. He earned a competitive appointment to the Naval Academy. There he was a member of the 14th Company, graduating with distinction in 1956. 

Jack was assigned to duty in the USS Gatling (DD-671). Jack went to Submarine School in 1960, followed by Nuclear Power School. Subsequent tours assigned him to USS Scamp (SSN 588), where he qualified in submarines. He qualified as engineer and served in USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624). He served as engineer and qualified for command in USS Scorpion (SSN 589). He was then assigned as Executive Officer in USS James Madison (SSBN 627) and USS Scamp (SSN 588) before receiving command of USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630). 

Jack served ashore as Deputy COMSUBRON 14 in Holy Loch, Scotland; ACOS (Readiness and Training), COMSUBGRU 2; and Chief of Staff, COMSUBGRU 2. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his command tour and a second award for his service as DEPCOMSUBRON 14.

Jack said his career highlight was serving as Commanding Officer of USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630) Gold crew.
Jack retired from the Navy on 30 November 1982 at the Submarine Base at New London, CT. Never married, he is survived by his loving sister Frances Hudome, four nieces, (Susan, Eileen, Mary, and Margaret) and nine great nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anastasia Church in Newtown Square, PA, followed by interment in a family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA.