Irving K. Goto Lt
Served aboard '59 -'61
GOTO, IRVING K. KEN'', CDR USN (Ret.)
away from a sudden heart attack on September 18, 2002 at his home.
Originally born in Kona, Hawaii in 1936, he was the son of Kenji and Hagino
Goto, Aiea, Oahu, and a 1954 graduate of Roosevelt High School.
left the islands to join the United States Naval Academy class of 1958 and
later became the second Japanese-American to graduate from USNA. Some of the
highlights of his career include graduation from U.S. Naval Post-graduate
school, Monterey, CA; service in Vietnam; the Naval Inspection and Survey
Board, Arlington, VA; Naval Ships Systems Command, Crystal City, VA and
command at sea.
Goto retired from the Navy in 1983 after 25 years of service to begin his
civilian career as a naval engineer and planner at VSE, QED and TAI. He
spent 16 years at Metro Machine, Norfolk, VA, his last years as the Chief of
was a member of the USNA Alumni Association-Hampton Roads Chapter, the
Retired Officers Association and the American Society of Naval Engineers. He
enjoyed computer programming, international travel and vacationing with his
will be remembered for his wry wit, generosity, quick intellect, the
Goto-Pulmer Algorithm and dedication to duty, honor and country.
is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Carol; son, Major Stephen K.
Goto; daughter-in-law, Shellmay; grandson, Andrew; brother, Alan;
sister-in-law, Rosemary; nephews, Ken and Sage; sister-in-law, Joyce
Yamasaki and his devoted sidekick, "Tink".
family will receive friends at H.D. OLIVER FUNERAL APARTMENTS LASKIN ROAD
CHAPEL, Virginia Beach, VA, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2002. A
funeral service will be held at Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel,
Virginia Beach, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2002. A chapel service and
burial with Full Military Honors will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, November
1, 2002 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Civilian friends attending the funeral service must contact H.D. Oliver
Funeral Apartments Laskin Road Chapel, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 428-7880,
before Tuesday in order to enter Little Creek Amphibious Base.
Published in The Washington Post on
Sept. 22, 2002