Retired Navy Capt. Edwin A. Wood, 63, a Japanese prisoner of War during most of World War II who was a member of the reserves until retiring in 1976, died Wednesday in Sibley Memorial Hospital following surgery for an intestinal disorder.
Capt. Wood lived in this area since 1961, and was a resident of Sumner. He was a research economist with the Labor Maritime Committee, a maritime industry organization, for 17 years before retiring in 1978.
He received a Navy commission in February 1941 and was navigator and executive officer aboard a minesweeper near Guam when World War II began. On the same day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, they sunk Capt. Wood's ship. He was hospitalized on Guam and became a prisoner of war when the island fell in early December 1941.
Capt. Wood went to Japan as a prisoner of war and was released on Sept. 9, 1945. He was awarded two Purple Hearts.
After the war he lived in New York where he worked for the Marine Transport Lines before coming to Washington.
Capt. Wood was a native of Evanston, Ill., and earned an officer's license at the Merchant Marine Academy. Before World War II he sailed with the C. D. Mallory Steamship Line.
He had been a director and vice president of the D.C. Council of the Navy League. He also belonged to the Propeller Club of the Port of Washington, the Army & Navy Club andthe Kenwood Golf and Country Club.
He was a member of the vestry at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Sumner.
Survivors include his wife, the former Anne Reynolds of Sumner; a daughter, Terri Anne Shane of Miami, Fla; two sons, William Donald and Barry Edwin, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., and one grandchild.