Senior Chief Photographers Mate

Born Houston, TX September 26, 1922
Deceased January 2, 2009
Service Dates
September 1942 - April 1968

Herman Roland Schroeder died peacefully at San Diego Hospice on January 2, 2009. He was born and reared in Houston, Texas, on September 26, 1922. A baby brother was presented to him as his birthday present at age three. A child of the Great Depression, whose father died relatively young, Herman proudly graduated from Sam Houston High School. World War II was ongoing; and like many boys his age, he enlisted in the military. He joined the Navy - which was his salvation. Through fortunate circumstances on Galapagos Island, Herman learned Naval Photography. Fate then sent him to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, where Teresa McCamon was serving as a Yeoman 2nd Class WAVE. Wedded in 1945, they were happily married for 63 years. During that time, Herman served on three Aircraft Carriers: the USS Essex (CV-9), the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) and the USS Constellation (CVA-64). He retired from the Navy, while aboard the USS Constellation in 1968 as a Senior Chief Photographer. Loving the Navy as he did, he continued working in the Naval photographic field until retiring from Civil Service at age 73. Herman and Terry enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and overseas with their last trip being to Alaska in 2004. A lifelong interest in sports began when he was selected Houston's All-City High School basketball manager in 1941, and as he attended Houston Buffalo baseball games as a member of the knot-hole gang. Herman and Teresa had a son, Roland Lee, in 1948. They were transferred to various duty stations, including two years on Oahu while Hawaii was still a territory. Later on, Roland graduated from UCSD and then married our beloved daughter-in-law Janie Davis.They live in San Diego, and have been a great joy to us through the years, and a comfort to us during his declining years. Those wishing to remember Herman may give a contribution in his name to the Alzheimer's Association, San Diego Chapter, 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego 92123; or to San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, 4311 Third Ave. San Diego 92103. At a later date, inurnment will be held for the family
at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery