Millard Paul Rummel, 87, of Port Richey, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. A graduate of George Washington University, he began federal civil service in 1940 at the Washington Navy Yard; and thereafter rose through the ranks of Civil Service to become a supply manager for U.S. Navy Ordnance Supply System, Navy Special Weapons Program and Naval Sea Systems Command.
In 1976, Rummel transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring from there in 1979 as the chief of property and logistics division. He rose to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Army during his time in England, France and Belgium in World War II, proudly serving as the noncommissioned officer in charge of German prisoners of war housed in Cherbourg, France. He selflessly and tirelessly assisted American troops in the rescue of American soldiers on Christmas Eve 1944, upon the sinking of the S.S. Leopoldville by a German U-boat five miles off the coast of France.
Rummel was a life member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars; served as the mayor of Bethany Beach, Del., from 1982 to 1983; and volunteered many hours of service to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
Rummel was preceded in death by his brother, Robert S. Rummel. He is survived by his son, Michael, of La Mesa, Calif.; daughter, Bonnie, of New Port Richey, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
The cremated remains of Rummel and those of his beloved wife, Elsie, who preceded him in death in 2007, will be jointly interred in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md.