LCDR Henry Staples  SEAL/UDT Dies

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


LCDR Henry E. Staples, Jr. U.S. Navy Retired of Cartledge Rd died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 at his residence. He was 79. 

Visitation will be held from 5pm-7pm Wednesday with a memorial service following at Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton. A graveside service with military honors will be held Thurs. Oct 12 at 3p.m. at Long Cane Cemetery, Abbeville, SC. 

Mr. Staples was a native of Abbeville, S.C was a Lieutenant Commander retired U.S. Navy SEAL, serving in the U.S. Navy for over thirty years. He served in WWII, during which he was wounded on the USS Bessemer at Iowa Jima during its attack. Also, he served in the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star with Valor, and Purple Heart and numerous other decorations. He had lived in Lincoln County since 1980 and was a fishing guide for over twenty years. His first wife, Madeline Blanchett Staples and his son, Henry E. Staples, III both preceded him in death. 

He was a member of the American Legion #194. Survivors include his wife, Sandra "Sandi" Gay Staples; sons, James W. Staples, Columbia, SC and Raymond Clayton Staples, Lincolnton; stepsons, John Norman, Augusta and Robert Eunice, Simpsonville, SC; step-daughter, Janet Minor, N. Smyrna Beach, Fl; brother, Franklin Staples, Conyers; sisters, Gloria Crickett, Evans, Vivian Strickland, Abbeville; and friends, Jim, Judy and Kaitlyn Foster.

 Beggs Funeral Home at 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, Georgia (706) 359-4117. Sign the guestbook at




----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Shouse
To: Erasmo Riojas
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 9:17 PM
Subject: Re: UWSS, Henry Staples 

 the bottom photo in front of the school is left to right BMC Demofonte EOD, SFC Hazelwood DV1,UDT, EN1 Shouse   EOD, UDT, Congressman Henry Lathum ( NY ), AO1 Tucker EOD, EN1 "Tex" Hager DV1, UDT,- BM1 Phipps DV1,UDT, EN1 Staples UDT.  Henry Staples received orders to LDO program went on to EOD school and retired as Lt.Cmdr. Tex made WO and had orders to the Skylark ASR. Retired W4. Hazelwood made Materchief when they came out and later LDO retired as Lt.Cmdr.

  I was put in for LDO by Lt. Cmdr. J.C. Roe and selected but during physical was found physically disqualified because of growths on both eyes ( Tyrigiums  misspelled ). I had them operated on in 1955 and were removed. The doctor saw them and said I had them.  I told him they were scare tissues from the operation.  He said who is the doctor here you or me.  You're physically disqualified for a commission in the US Navy. So now you have the story.  

  The top  picture is all instructors with MK6, Cahill and myself had to go to Experimental Diving Unit, Wash.DC for 2 weeks. to learn about shifting from N2O2 to HeO2. When we shifted we gave the instructors classes. In picture Left to right BM Shelby Jones UDT, SFC Joe Garreira DV1, ENC Bob Shouse EOD,UDT, HM1 McLaughlin DV1, Lt.Cmdr. Burnham CO. Lt. Provoznic XO, Shorty LyonsEOD-UDT, YNC Dow Byers UDT, First Class Crutchfield DV1, LT. ? I forget at this time.   Smooth sailing and Gods speed,  Bob