Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Anno Kiwas, 72, a veteran of Navy actions in Europe and Asia during World War II who later served as chief steward aboard the presidential yacht Sequoia, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Bethesda.
Chief Kiwas was aboard the fleet auxiliary ship Argonne just off Pearl Harbor when the base was attacked by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941.
He later transferred to the personnel transport Thurston, and served on board during its participation in the Normandy landings and the invasion of southern France. Chief Kiwas accompanied the ship, after a refitting in the United States, to the Pacific, where it carried troops to the invasions at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Following the war, he spent two years as chief steward aboard the battleship New Jersey. He became chief steward of the Sequoia in 1951, a post he held until retiring from active duty six years later.
Chief Kiwas, who had made his home in the Washington area since 1946, then went to work for the Navy as a civilian. He retired in 1973 after 16 years as a security guard at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at White Oak, Md. He received three awards for his work at White Oak.
A native of Baguio, the Philippines, Chief Kiwas enlisted in the Navy in 1927. He served aboard a number of the historic ships of that era, including two extended tours on the aircraft carrier Lexington. The "Lady Lex" was sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Hortense, of the home; a daughter, Lillian Steele, of Rockville, and three grandchildren.