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1 March 2004

Lloyd Allen Kurz, 83, a Navy commander and an IBM program manager, died of a heart attack Feb. 20 at the Falcons Landing retirement community in Potomac Falls, where he lived.

Cmdr. Kurz, a Philadelphia native, entered the Navy in 1943, the day after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was class president.

A year later, he was an ensign aboard LST 325 as it landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. In the meantime, he had been with the ship during landings in Sicily in July 1943 and Salerno, Italy, in September 1943. On its return to Britain from Normandy in June 1944, the ship was loaded with wounded servicemen, and the wardroom was turned into an operating room, he told The Washington Post four years ago. "You wanted to get them back but you couldn't," he said, choking up.

He sailed home aboard the ship in 1945, after Germany surrendered. The sea was so rough that the ship "was like a floating bedpan," he said. "We hit a horrendous storm in the North Atlantic, and we were worried the ship would break apart."

The LST 325 Memorial Web site said that during that storm, the ship slammed bow first into a monstrous wave and a crack developed across the main deck. Shipfitters were able to save the ship by welding steel plates across the damaged hull.

Cmdr. Kurz stayed in the Navy after the war and flew anti-submarine warfare blimps. He later flew P2V Neptune patrol planes and commanded a patrol squadron at Barbers Point, Hawaii. He led the squadron during its deployment to southern Japan and on its mission with the nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands in 1963.

He was one of four officers selected to introduce computer technology to the Navy in 1957 and was based in Washington until 1959, when he went in the Naval War College. He returned to the Pentagon in 1964 after serving aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington. He retired in 1966.

Cmdr. Kurz's career with IBM lasted 25 years. He represented the company before NATO and in Germany, Belgium, Greece and Australia, serving as the company's link to the intelligence community. He retired in 1991.

Cmdr. Kurz was an early recipient of a kidney transplant at Georgetown University Hospital in 1987. He was a member and past vestryman of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Annandale until he moved in 1997. Then he became a parishioner at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Phoebe Blunt Kurz of Potomac Falls; three children, Christopher Kurz of Baltimore, James Kurz of Alexandria and Ann Rogers of Springfield; and five grandchildren.


1 February 2005

I received a letter this week from Tom Sarbaugh, son of LST-325 officer John Sarbaugh, informing me of the passing of William Bliss, Quartermaster aboard the LST-325 throughout the war. He was a Plankowner and was one of the most respected crewmembers aboard ship. William was one of the contributors whose story appears in Mosier's Raiders.

William Baylies "Bill" Bliss III

Bliss, William Baylies III "Bill", of Fort Lauderdale, FL died on December 25, 2004 at the age of 89. Husband of the late Virginia (Pat) Clark, he is survived by six loving nephews and nieces: Joan Symonds Allen, Virginia Bliss, John S. Bliss, Aileen Smith Richards, Philip Smith, and Peter Symonds and his wife's niece Camilla Thornquest Elford. A World War II Navy veteran, Bill grew up in Yonkers, NY. He moved to Ft. Lauderdale in the 1940s, where he started the Bliss Window and Screen Company. Bill and Pat were accomplished round dancers who choreographed a dance that is popular with round dancers around the world. His ashes will be interred in the Clark Family Crypt in the Graceland Mausoleum, Grand Rapids, MI. Arrangements by Baird-Case/Jordan-Fannin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308.
Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 1/6/2005.

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