United States Navy 1951-1954
A Navy veteran of The Korean War, Claude sailed aboard the Santa Maria. After serving in the Navy, Claude married a Frenchwoman, Simone, and they spent their early years in his hometown in Nebraska and later Alabama. Eventually they moved to Maryland where he spent many years working in radio communications for the school system in Montgomery County, where he lived with his wife and four children. Mr. Turnell later married Helen and relocated to Florida and then to the mountains of West Virginia until his death in 2010.