Retired Captain James E. Connerton, Jr, USN, of Stonington, CT, died on November 6, 2006 at his home. Formerly of McLean and Arlington, VA, he was born in 1937 to James and Christina (Mulligan) Connerton in Newport, R.I. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, the University of Rhode Island and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He married Anne Cragan at St. Mary's Church in Stonington in 1959.
He had a distinguished 30-year career as a Naval Flight Officer. As a member of Navy Squadron VW-11 based in Argentia, Newfoundland, he flew the extension of the Distant Early Warning Line. In Dahlgren, VA, he worked with the hazards of electromagnetic radiation to ordnance at the Naval Weapons Laboratory. He made two combat deployments to Viet Nam with Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113 aboard USS Constellation and then served at the Navy Acceptance Office at Grumman Aircraft Corporation. As Flag Secretary on the ASW Group 2 and 4 Staffs, he served aboard USS Wasp and USS Intrepid.At the US Naval Academy, he taught electrical engineering, then commanded Airborne Early Squadron 125 about USS John F. Kennedy. He was the Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Electronics Systems Command and served as Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing 12. He directed the Atlantic Fleet Command Center and served a final tour at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C.