Charles A. Rocheleau, Navy commander, dies at 100

January 21
Charles A. Rocheleau
Navy commander

Charles A. Rocheleau, a retired Navy commander, intelligence officer and assistant Naval attache in Bonn, Germany, and Paris, died Jan. 2 at his home, Straithmore Farm in Charles Town, W.Va. He was 100.

The cause was multiple organ failure, said his niece, Jeanne Palermo.

Cmdr. Rocheleau began his Navy career in 1942, serving during World War II with French naval forces to free French ports from German occupation.

In 1962, he retired from the Navy and settled on Straithmore Farm, where he raised cattle until he was in his 90s.

Charles Alfred Rocheleau was born in Worcester, Mass., where he graduated from Assumption College in 1934. He received a master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1936.

He had no immediate survivors.

— Bart Barnes