Admiral Merrill Wythe Ruck, USN (Retired)
Rear Admiral Merrill
Merrill Wythe Ruck was born in New Britain, Connecticut
on 30 May 1941. He graduated from Brown
University in Providence,
Rhode Island, with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Political Science and obtained his US Navy commission
from the NROTC program in June 1963.He later he received a Master of Science degree from George Washington
sea duty assignment was on board the USS
Cimarron AO-22 from July 1963 to August 1965. After attending Patrol Craft Fast (Swift Boat) training at the Naval
Amphibious Base in Coronado, California,
he was off to Vietnam
and service as the first Officer-in-Charge of PCF-38 in Cat Lo, RVN. Other
sea duty assignments saw him serve as the Commanding Officer of the USS Bagley DE 1069 from 7 March 1978 to
22 Apr 1980; Engineering Officer on the USS
Coral Sea CV 43 and as Commander of
Destroyer Squadron 31.
duty assignments included: Assistant Deputy Director Political Military Affairs
in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as the Commander of Naval Base San
retirement, after 34 years of naval service in 1997, he served as the Senior
Administrator to the Supreme Allied Commander in Norfolk, Virginia
until 2004. On 1 October 2005 RADM Ruck became the
Executive Director of the Naval Post Graduate School Foundation in Monterey, California.
Ruck is married to Diane Sapeck
of Joliet Illinois.
They reside in Pacific Grove,
California. They have one
daughter, Heather Paprocki who lives in Aurora, Colorado,
with her husband and son.