Honoring a Veteran: C. Wayne Wood


Retired Commander C. Wayne Wood submitted by Terri Day

C Wayne WoodMy dad joined the Navy at the age of 17. Eventually graduating from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. He was the XO and CO of several tours overseas of Mine Sweepers and Destroyer Tenders during the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

One of his last assignments before retiring was heading up the Pacific Fleets Maintenance in Hawaii. At one of the earlier assignments, he was stationed in San Diego and that is when his wife, Rita Wood found University City, becoming one of the original homebuyers in the community in the 1960’s.

After transferring away, they kept the home and moved back in 1979 when he retired after 30 years in the Navy. UC has been his home since. He enjoys the concerts in the park during the summer and loved running his dog Sammy at Standley Park.

He turned 87 in September and is currently battling Alzheimer’s. He still enjoys his dog Sammy and UC.

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