Charles Donald Griffin, 90, a Navy admiral who retired in 1968 after having served three years as commander in chief of Allied forces in Southern Europe, died June 26 of a heart attack at his summer residence, Bald Peak Colony Club, in Melvin Village, N.H. He was playing golf when stricken.
Adm. Griffin served more than 40 years in the Navy. He was commander in chief of U.S. naval forces in Europe from 1963 to 1965. He also had served as commander of naval forces in the Middle East and Indian Ocean and in North Africa.
He had been a flight test officer at the Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, then during World War II served as air officer aboard the carrier Essex. While serving on the Essex, he participated in air raids on Marcus, Marshall, Wake and Rabaul islands in the Pacific.
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