OBITUARY

Gene R. La Rocque

June 29, 1918October 31, 2016

Post Chapel Services at Arlington will be held April 6, 2017 at 12:45pm Full Honors A reception will follow at the Cosmos Club on April 6, 2017 from 3-5 pm Cosmos Club- 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 6, 2017

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment with Military Honors following Funeral Service
REMEMBERING

Gene R. La Rocque

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TJ Harper

January 26, 2017

I had the pleasure of working with the Admiral and his staff while aboard the USS Saratoga CVA 60. His flag and staff were transferred (Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla- 12) to the Saratoga while being deployed to the Mediterranean in the mid "60's." As a Marine orderly assigned to the ships Captain,I was TAD to the Admirals staff as his orderly and driver. Many times we both were on the aircraft carrier's bridge during flight operations. The Saratoga's "Captain Harold Lang", presented the Admiral with a flight jacket which he wore during his entire stay while aboard.
He was an outstanding naval officer and served his country honorably. He surely will be missed.
TJ Harper USMC (ret)

Mark Thompson

November 8, 2016

ADM La Rocque - Thanks for your service to our country, both in and out of uniform.

Laurienne Riley

November 7, 2016

My dearest Uncle Gene was like a 2nd father to me growing up. As a child I never knew how important he was to the world. I just knew he was a lot of fun and enjoyed hanging with the children at family gatherings. Always appeared so interested in me and my life. The perfect uncle. I am honored to have known him and will miss him dreadfully. All my best wishes to his children and grandchildren, my cousins, who made him very proud and filled his life with love.

David Johnson

November 6, 2016

I worked for Admiral La Rocque from when the Center for Defense Information started in 1972 until the end, when it was the World Security Institute. A unique opportunity to pursue important issues with an outspoken and charismatic leader. Sorry I did not see him in the many years since he retired for a second time. His voice is more needed today than ever.

David Johnson (Chinoteague Island, Virginia)

Jay Roudebush

November 6, 2016

I first met Admiral La Rocque when I was a junior officer serving aboard the USS LUCE (DLG7) around 1966. It wasn't until much later that I learned of his principled stand and efforts on behalf of peace and nuclear disarmament. Coming from a Navy family, I appreciate how difficult and courageous it is to buck the military establishment, and I know he had to endure considerable animus from his peers.

A few years ago I ran into him at our local gym, and reintroduced myself. What a pleasure it was to have the opportunity to thank him for his work. He struck me as uncommonly kind, modest, and gracious. It was an honor to have known him.

Leonard Gittleman

November 5, 2016

I knew Gene La Rocque as Captain La Roque of the USS Miller DD535. I was a young, green Ensign. He was a wonderful skipper, and a pleasure to know and to sail with. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Joe Riley

November 4, 2016

Gene LaRocque was my uncle and the greatest man I've ever known. Naval Officer, Pearl Harbor hero, veteran of 13 Pacific war campaigns, cold warrior, then anti-nuclear advocate. Beloved husband, father, step-father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Friend to many, and a gentleman of great courage and kindness. He lived a life of great achievements and leaves behind a large and loving family and a record of great achievements.