Retired Navy Rear Adm. William V. Deutermann, a decorated combat veteran of World War II who later worked for the Westinghouse Electric Co. here, died Friday at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital after a stroke.
Adm. Deutermann had made his home in Washington from about 1940 to 1962. A resident of San Diego, Calif., he was in the process of moving back here at the time of his death.
He served in the South Pacific as an assistant operations officer with Adm. Richmond Kelly Turner's amphibious forces during World War II. Adm. Deutermann was awarded the Legion of Metit and two Bronze Star Medals for his work during the campaign in the Solomon Islands.
After the war, his assignments included that of naval attache in Santiago, Chile, in the early 1950s. He retired from active duty in 1955.
He worked with Westinghouse Electric in Friendship, Md., from 1955 to 1962. During his years there, he worked in the advanced study group of the electronics division.
Adm. Deutermann was a native of New Jersey and a 1924 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Before World War II, he served aboard submarines and taught courses in ordnance at the Naval Academy.
He was a member of the Military Order of the Caribou.
His wife, the former Edwina Putnam, died in 1958. Adm. Deutermann's survivors include two daughters, Edwina Walsh of Virginia Beach, and Mary Russell Muchmore of Carbondale, Ill.; a son, William V. Jr., of Bethesda; three brothers, retired Army Col. George Deutermann of San Francisco, retired Navy Vice Adm. Harold Deutermann of San Diego, and Edward, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Christine Dealy of Bowie, Sybil Fournet of Westport, Conn., and Mildred Lewis of Sarasota, Fla., and six grandchildren.