Rear Admiral George Rhodes Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired), was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937, grew up in Tucson, Arizona, attended South Kent School in Connecticut, spent one year at Brown University before matriculating to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with an Ensign commission June 1961. His first tour was in USS Halsey Powell (DD-686), which participated in the 1962 Christmas Island bomb tests. After a two-year flag aide assignment with Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla SEVEN, he volunteered for Underwater Demolition Team training in Coronado, California, graduating with Class 36, and deployed to Seventh Fleet operations, 1966-67. Navy commands were SEAL Team ONE, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, and Naval Special Warfare Command. Other staff tours were with Naval Special Warfare Group (Vietnam), U.S. Embassy, Cambodia (as Naval Attache), Chief of Naval Operations, and first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations). He graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff and National War Colleges. He retired from active duty September 1992.

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