Charles Pendleton Trumbull was born in Hartford, CT (February 25, 1918), graduated from the United States Naval Academy (February 1941) and was assigned to the USS LOUISVILLE (CA 28) home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI. Trumbull served as an anti-aircraft officer and then as a turret and catapult officer aboard the ship. The USS LOUISVILLE returned to Pearl Harbor from escort duty (December 16, 1941) to view the destruction from the Japanese attack.
Trumbull was detached from the USS LOUSIVILLE (August 1942) and reported to the US Navy Submarine School, New London, CT. Upon graduation he was ordered to Brisbane, Australia where he initially served on submarine relief crews. Assigned to the USS GROWLER (SS 215) (March 1943), Trumbull made five war patrols before being ordered to the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT in connection with the outfitting and commissioning of the USS CABEZON (SS 334).
When this submarine was commissioned (December 30, 1944) Trumbull was assigned as the executive officer. Following training in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific, the USS CABEZON made one war patrol (25 May-11 July 1945). Trumbull remained with this submarine until transferred to the Navy Intelligence School, Washington, D.CA. (May 1948). Following graduation he was assigned as the Assistant District Intelligence Officer, 15th Naval District (Panama Canal Zone) (July 1948).
Trumbull was transferred (May 1950) to the USS TUSK (SS 426) based in New London, CT where he served as the executive officer. He then took command (May 1951) of the USS CHIVO (SS 341). After being refitted as a “Guppy” class submarine to work with the Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory, the USS CHIVO was reassigned to Key West, FL.
Trumbull was ordered (May 1953) to Washington, D.C. for briefings at the Office of Naval Intelligence before being transferred (August 1953) to Hong Kong as the U.S. Assistant Naval Attaché. While there he traveled throughout Southeast Asia. In addition to his intelligence duties while in Hong Kong, Trumbull supervised the visits of hundreds of senior Department of Defense civilian personnel as well as flag/general officers of the Armed Forces.
Trumbull returned to the United States (May 1956) where he was assigned as the head of the Underseas Warfare Branch, Navy Hydrographic Office in Suitland, MD. He was transferred (November 1958) to the U.S. Naval Station, Bermuda where he served initially as the administrative officer and then as the executive officer. Trumbull retired (June 1961) with twenty years of active service. He accepted civilian employment (June 1961) as the administrative manager, marine superintendent, and scientific assistant to the Director, Columbia University Geophysical Field Station, Bermuda. When Columbia University gave up the station (May 1970) to the Palisades Geophysical Institute, Inc., Trumbull stayed on in his same position. The station worked under Navy contract in the fields of deep, low frequency sound transmission and deep underwater explosions. The station’s contracts were greatly reduced (1976) and Trumbull’s employment was terminated.
After a little over a year of retirement in Bermuda, he accepted (February 1978) the position of technical manager at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. He held this position for seventeen months and then returned (July 1979) to the United States and full retirement. He lived in Chapel Hill, NC until moving (1988) to Hillsborough, NCA. In retirement Trumbull was active in the Republican Party; was a member of the Chapel Hill Civitan Club and served as its president (1984-1985); was a member of the Navy League and a chapter president (1994-1995); and was a member of the Trumbull Scottish Clan in the United States. Trumbull traveled extensively after retirement from the Navy to include trips to China, Greece, Mexico, and Russia.