OBITUARY

Paul John Melher

February 10, 1943January 19, 2019
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Oakdale – Paul John Melher, affectionately known as “PJ”, passed away on January 19th, 2019. He was a very young 75 years old. “PJ” was born on February 10th 1943, and lived a vivacious and memorable life. P.J. graduated from Norwalk High School in 1961 and enlisted in the Navy the same year. His first Submarine was USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN 626) where he completed his Submarine Qualifications in 1964. He served five additional tours in Submarines from 1963 - 1987 aboard USS REQUIN (SS 481), USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (SSBN 657), USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN 633), and Commissioning COB aboard USS DALLAS (SSN 700), and Commissioning COB USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN 705). Master Chief Melher’s Shore Tours consisted of Instructor Duty Naval Submarine School. Senior Analyst for Ship’s Manpower Requirements for the CNO, Command Master Chief Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, and Command Master Chief Submarine Group Two. Paul J Melher Retired from the Navy in 1987 after 26 years of active duty service as an FTCM(SS). Mr. Melher is a Life member of USSVI. He was inducted into the prestigious Holland Club in 2014. Of all the people who have been inducted into the HOLLAND CLUB P.J. Melher is the one of two members to be inducted into the HOLLAND CLUB with two of the Submarines he served on still in commission being USS DALLAS and USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI. The other member with this status is HOLLAND CLUB National Chairman Bud Atkins. He went on to work at both Electric Boat and EG&G where he continued to ride the submarines he loved so much. “PJ” was involved in many clubs and enjoyed multiple hobbies. He loved riding his Harley Davidson with his friends and traveling the world including trips to see his favorite band Government Mule. “PJ” loved NASCAR and was passionate about the Daytona 500. On top of the hobbies, “PJ” was also a Cowboy’s fan and a member of the Polish Club, the Submarines Veterans, and much more. Paul is going to be sorely missed by his family and friends, including his children; Tammy and Lindsay, his step-children; Rhonda, and Chris, as well as his grandchildren; Haley, Aidan, Hayden, and Richie. Paul was predeceased by his beloved late wife, Ann Marie, his sister, Carleen, and his mother, Jean Melher. “PJ” will also be missed by his pet snake “Squeeze”. A visitation will be held at the Montville Funeral Home, located at, 53 CT-Rte. 32, in Uncasville, on Saturday, January 26th from 1PM until 4PM. Full military honors will be rendered to conclude the service. For his full obituary, to share a memory, or sign the online guestbook, please visit: www.montvillefuneralhome.com

Services

  • Calling Hours / Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Raymond Fritz

February 1, 2019

To family and friends of Paul J. Melher, FTCM(SS); on behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans - USSVI, please accept our sincere condolences at Paul’s passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find kindness to warm you, sympathy to comfort you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart.

We are forever grateful for PJ's service to our country in the United States Submarine service. Paul served on the USS Requin (SS-481), USS Daniel Webster (SSBN-626), USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657), USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633), USS Dallas (SSN-700) COB, and the USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) COB To our Brother of the Phin we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch.”

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Melher, Paul J., FTCM(SS), US Navy, now on Eternal Patrol -- Fair Winds and Following Seas to our departed shipmate. Paul’s record is posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

Rev. Ray Fritz, EM1(SS) - Acting National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI and assistant Carolina Piedmont Base, USSVI (803-619-1121), Raysabode@bellsouth.net

Earl Goodby

January 28, 2019

William Hole

January 24, 2019

Christmas 1969 crews' mess USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 Blue

William Hole

January 24, 2019

Christmas 1969 crews' mess USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 Blue

William Hole

January 24, 2019

Fond memories of PJ. Always a great shipmate. Photo Christmas 1969 USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 Blue

Bob Rude

January 24, 2019

I met PJ in 1968 when I reported aboard Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657), PJ was my "Sea Daddy" and I will always appreciate the guidance he provided. Fair Winds and Following Seas Sailor.

Bob Rude MTCS(SS) Ret

Clint Tupper

January 23, 2019

Salute, Master Chief!

Mari Evans

January 23, 2019

I will always cherish our motorcycle runs! Miss and love you, my friend!

Robert (Michael) Hagerman

January 23, 2019

To PJ's family, remember him through all the great things he accomplished and lives he touched. I was fortunate to have known him as a shipmate, mentor, fellow Brother of the Phin and Daytona 500 running mate. Lots of laughs and sea-stories. I always enjoyed hearing about his escapades on the bikes and other adventures. I will miss him and will hoist a toast to him at Hooters, Iron Horse and Boot Hill in Florida in a few weeks. RIP shipmate . . . your OPORD is complete. Mission accomplished. We have the watch.

Sandy Harris

January 22, 2019

I met PJ last winter when Eddie brought him to Greenville Maine for snowmobiling. I enjoyed and looked forward to seeing him when he was in my neck of the woods. He was a sweetie and I will miss his beautiful smile. He was so kind and very smart as he thought I was beautiful, proving once and for all he had great taste and perfect eyesight!!! I will miss you PJ. RIP. Sandy Harris & the West Cove Lounge/Moosehead Lake

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