Captain Herbert Fox Rommel Jr USN Ret

27th Oct 1915 - 10th June 2007

Herb was a member of Trinity Church in Newport. One of the most historically significant churches in New England. The churchyard has graves of soldiers and sailors of the British, French and American forces from the American Revolutianry War

Captain requests no flowers - memorials to:

Seaman's Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI 02840 (he was Treasurer of the Board)
Nina Lynette Home, 87 Washington St, Newport, RI 02840 (he was President of the Board)

210 people came to fill the pews on Thursday - here is a brief overview of the service:

Herb Rommel conning the USS WILKES 1945

A Celebration of the Life


Captain Herbert Fox Rommel, USN Ret.
27 October, 1915 – 10 June, 2007

Ten o’clock a.m
14 June, 2007


Casket Entering the Church


The  Order  for  the  Burial  of  the  Dead:  Rite  I
Organ Voluntary  
Resurrection Anthems                                                                                  Page 469

Service Commences

Hymn 688             “A mighty fortress is our God”                              Ein feste Burg

Reading                 Isaiah 25:6-9                                                Dr. Victoria Rommel 

Reading by Dr. Victoria Rommel

Psalm 23  (King James version) To be said by all the people together        page 476
Hymn 400             “All creatures of our God and King”                Lasst un erfreuen
                              vs. 1,3,4,5 and 7
Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John: 14:1-6
Homily                                                                                                  Fr. Goldacker

Reflections                                                                                  Graeme J. W. Smith

Reflections by Graeme J W Smith

Hymn 8                 “Morning has broken”                                                   Bunessan
The Prayers of the People                                                                             page 480
The People, standing, respond to each petition with "Amen”
The Commendation Blessing and Dismissalpages 482

Processional          “Eternal, Father, strong to save”                       Hymn 608 Melita
To be sung by all the people together

Processional to Churchyard

Military Honors

Volley Fire
Volley Fire - 3 rounds

Flag Folding
Folding the Flag

Presentation of the Flag by OIC
Presentation of the Flag and empty shells to Herb's son


Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep


Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery
  on August 22nd , 2007 at 3:00 pm
with full Military Honors.



The Rev’d Gary W. Goldacker,  Interim Rector
The Rev’d  Paul S. Koumrian, Priest Associate
Peter Chabot, Crucifer
Dr. Victoria Rommel, Reader
Diana Norton-Jackson,  Organist
Patrick Sheehan, Sexton



(Honorary) Captain Lawrence B. Brennan, USN Ret.
John W. Fletcher
Harry Graham
Patrick Griffin
Daniel Hadley
Christopher Fox Rommel
Graeme J.W. Smith
Sargon Smith

The altar flowers are given in loving memory of Mary Heins Rommel




Following the Service, all present are invited to a reception at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.


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