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SUBJ/INTERMENT OF SENATOR JOHN W. WARNER III, U.S. SENATOR AND 61ST SECRETARY OF THE NAVY//
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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On 25 May 2021, former United States Senator and 61st Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner III passed away. Senator Warner’s family will lay him to rest on 23 June 2021 at 1400 EST. Prior to the interment, a celebration of life will be held at the National Cathedral at 1100 EST. In accordance with Marine Corps policy, the National Ensign will be flown at half-mast on all USMC Bases and Stations on the day of interment.
2. John William Warner III was born on 18 February 1927 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1945, and enlisted in the United States Navy shortly before his 18th birthday. Serving in the Navy for two years during World War II, he attained the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. Following World War II, he entered Washington and Lee University and was a member of Beta Theta Pi, graduating in 1949. He then entered the University of Virginia Law School. However, when the Korean conflict erupted in 1950, he put his education on hold to take a commission in the United States Marine Corps. After the war, he remained in the Marine Corps Reserves and continued his studies, earning his law degree in 1953. He began his legal career as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge E. Barrett Prettyman and then served as an assistant U.S. attorney. He entered private law practice in 1960 and served as an aide to then-Vice President Richard Nixon’s campaign during the 1960 presidential election.
3. In February 1969, Warner was appointed Under Secretary of the Navy under the Nixon Administration. On 4 May 1972, he became the 61st Secretary of the Navy. During his tenure as Secretary of the Navy, he participated in the Law of the Sea Talks and negotiated the U.S.-Soviet Incidents at Sea Agreement to reduce maritime incidents during the Cold War. He was subsequently appointed to serve as administrator for the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.
4. In 1978, Warner was elected to his first term as a United States Senator. He went on to serve five terms as a Senator, retiring in 2009 as the second longest-serving Senator in Virginia’s history. During his Senate career, he served as a member of the Environment and Works Committee; the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
5. Senator Warner’s legacy lives on in his family as well as the annual University of Virginia Senator John W. Warner Award, the Marine Corps University Senator John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies, and the twelfth Virginia-class submarine that bears his namesake.
6. Senator Warner’s contributions to our military, Congress, and our Nation are too numerous to list. He earned the deepest respect from across the political spectrum for his honesty, tenacity, independent thinking, and strong adherence to Constitutional ideals. Throughout his 30-year career in the Senate, Senator Warner maintained unwavering support for our Nation’s men and women in uniform. He spent a lifetime serving others, working tirelessly to make our Nation better, and giving back to the country and community he held dear. He was highly admired and respected, and he is sorely missed.
7. Funeral and burial: Senator Warner will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on 23 June at 1400.
8. Per the reference, all installations will half-mast the National Ensign on 23 June, the date of interment.
9. David H. Berger, General, U. S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//