Retired Coast Guard Capt. Walter C. Capron, 75, whose last assignment was deputy chief of staff before he retired in 1962, died Wednesday in Raynham, Mass., after a heart attack.
Capt. Capron was visiting relatives in nearby Whitman, Mass., when he was stricken.
In the early part of World War II, he was assigned to the Army's Engineer Amphibian Command and to the staff of the Commander of Amphibious Forces of the Atlantic Fleet.
In 1943, he became commanding officer of the Spencer, which served as a convoy escort in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean areas. After assignments at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington from 1945 to 1950, he returned to be command of the Spencer.
In 1940 and 1941, while in command of the Cutter Calypso, he also had served as captain of the Port of Baltimore.
Before being named Coast Guard deputy chief of staff in the mid-1950s, he was the law enforcement officer of the 3rd Coast Guard District in New York City.
Capt. Capron was born in Elmira, N. Y., and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn., in 1928.
His military decorations included the Army and Navy Commendation Ribbons with combat "Vs."
His book, "U.S. Coast Guard," was published in the mid-1960s.
Capt. Capron was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer World War II Association.
Survivors include his wife, the former Gertrude L. Booth, of the home in Arlington; two daughters, Marilyn Oliver, of Bowie, and Patricia Ward, of Corpus Christi, Tex.; a son Walter C. Jr., of Hopewell, Va.; a sister, Barbara Thomson, of Whitman, Mass., seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.