John Fitzgerald, 82, a retired Navy rear admiral who spent most of his career in the submarine service and received the Navy Cross for heroism while a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II, died of cancer July 6 at a naval hospital in Beaufort, S.C.
In 1943, Adm. Fitzgerald commanded the submarine Grenadier. The vessel was damaged by Japanese planes in the Indian Ocean, but he managed to keep it afloat for 22 hours. When enemy surface vessels approached, he got his crew off safely and scuttled the submarine before they were captured. The citation for his Navy Cross reads: "Unflinchingly withstanding the cruelty of his captors in various Japanese prison camps for two years and five months, he inspired his gallant crew to endure the rigors of their lot."
Maryland State Senator
Carl Friedler, 55, who was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1966 and lost a bid for the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, died July 9 in Ormond Beach, Fla., after a stroke.
Mr. Friedler had a private law practice in Baltimore and also was assistant Baltimore city solicitor from 1960 until 1963, when he resigned to make an unsuccessful run for the City Council.