Capt. Donald R. Jermann entered the U.S. Navy as an officer candidate in
December 1943. He retired from active duty in 1975 after thirty-two years of
service, at which time he began a second career as a civil servant in the Navy
Department. During his tenure he was twice awarded the Secretary of the Navy's
Distinguished Civilian Medal.
In 1946, he was commissioned upon
completion of the University of Michigan's NROTC program, and he subsequently
served on Patrol Craft 582 and the cruisers Rochester, St. Paul,
and Helena. He was also a member of the staffs of Commander Seventh Fleet
and Commander Naval Forces Japan, the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, and
the Naval Security Group.
Some highlights of his active-duty years include his participation in both
the Korean and Vietnam conflicts; his selection for intensive Russian language
training at the outset of the Cold War; and his role as a founding member of the
Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor of the National Security Agency.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Captain
Jermann attended John Carroll University, the University of Michigan, and the
University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in government.
A longtime Civil War buff, Captain Jermann has visited all Civil War battle
sites in Maryland and Pennsylvania and many in the state of Virginia.
He currently lives with his wife in
Laurel, Maryland, where he works as a part-time consultant to the Department of