Edward T. Alberta, 76, a retired Navy captain who served in three wars, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 17 at Columbia Reston Hospital Center. He had lived in Vienna since his military retirement in 1972 and worked as a communication-electronics consultant with Washington area defense firms.
Capt. Alberta, who was born in Norwalk, Conn., served 30 years in the Navy, beginning with his enlistment at the start of World War II. After serving in the Pacific, he entered the V-12 Officer Training Program at Dartmouth College. He was commissioned an ensign upon graduation from Holy Cross College in 1946.
Capt. Alberta, who was in Korea and Vietnam during the wars there, served primarily on destroyers and aircraft carriers in his sea assignments. He attended the Naval Post Graduate Line School and the Armed Forces Staff College, and later commanded a destroyer, a fleet oiler and communication stations in Guam and Australia.
Major staff assignments included staff chief of naval operations and Naval Communication Command headquarters in Washington.
His military honors included the Legion of Merit and two Navy Commendation medals with combat V's.
He did volunteer work on behalf of Republican Party congressional candidates in Northern Virginia and was a past member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.
He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna, the Army Navy Country Club and veteran associations.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Grace Alberta of Vienna; two children, Mark E. Alberta of Washington and Christopher S. Alberta of Richmond; and three grandchildren.