Charles D. Mott

Retired Navy Captain

Charles D. Mott, 89, a retired Navy captain who after enduring years in captivity during World War II went on to assist in the production of missiles and torpedoes as an engineer, died of a stroke July 30 at his home in Vienna.

Capt. Mott also shared a home in Ojai, Calif., with his wife of 11 years, Helen Michaels Mott.

Born in Philadelphia, Capt. Mott graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1936 and received a master's degree in engineering from George Washington University in 1967.

He served as a 2nd lieutenant in the ROTC while at Penn, but resigned his Army commission after graduation to join the Navy.

He received flight training and, in the time leading up to World War II, served as a dive bomber pilot aboard three aircraft carriers.

In 1941, he left the Navy to join a volunteer group of American pilots working for the Chinese Air Force. As a flight leader based in Burma, he fought against Japanese forces in Burma, China and Thailand before he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

He was captured and held at work camps in the jungles of Thailand and Burma. He worked on the Burma-Siam Death Railway and the bridge on the River Kwai.

He was released at the end of the war.

Capt. Mott resumed his naval career serving as commander of a four-engine patrol squadron at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and later as operations officer on an aircraft carrier. He also was the planning officer for the 7th Fleet when it was activated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to ward off a possible invasion of Taiwan by Chinese forces during the 1958 Quemoy-Matsu Crisis.

He retired from active military duty in 1963 while serving as an ordnance specialist at the Bureau of Navy Weapons in Washington.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the POW Medal and the Order of the Cloud Banner from the Chinese government.

In retirement, Capt. Mott worked initially as a full-time employee and then as a consultant for Analytic Services Inc. in Baileys Crossroads, where he helped with the concept and design of the F-15 and F-22 fighter jets and the A-10 Warthogs.

His first wife, Ellen Mary Hooge Mott, died in 1987 after 47 years of marriage. Their son, Charles Mott, died in 1990, and their daughter, Ellen Mott, died in 1997.

In addition to his second wife, survivors include a son from his first marriage, Joseph W.H. Mott of Roanoke; three stepchildren, William Michaels of St. Petersburg, Fla., Patti Michaels of Ojai and Steven Michaels of Richmond; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Oscar L. Martin

Physical Scientist

Oscar L. "Rocky" Martin, 79, a retired Defense Mapping Agency physical scientist, died July 25 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Pangburn, Ark.

Mr. Martin joined the Defense Mapping Agency in 1956. During his nearly 30-year career, he also served as director of the navigation department. He oversaw the planning and implementation of nautical charts, sailing directions and other products. As physical scientist on staff for five years, he specialized in water and the movement of vessels from one location to another.

Mr. Martin, who was born in Little Rock, graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. He received his masters license at age 23 and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

He received numerous honors, including perfecting a navigation chart correction template. He retired in 1985.

He lived in the Washington area from 1956 to 2003, first in Oxon Hill and then in Frederick.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Hope E. Campbell Martin of Pangburn; three children, Brent Martin of Oxon Hill, Jeff Martin of Portland, Ore. and Roxanne Martin of Pangburn; a sister; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.