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“I fought at the tip of the sword in three wars and served on the sea, under the sea, over the sea and in the sea after Vincennes sinking.  My service has given me experiences few people including naval officers have seen.  There were always challenges but I never suffered from boredom.”


As we opened The Land & Water Company, we knew we had to share the original, prohibition era, bar with our guests.  This lounge, hidden from the public, and not a concept, but a historical space of provenance. It is original, classic and timeless. It became obvious that the name of this special place should honor my grandfather. The man who lead me to its creation. The Charles Kenneth.

My Grandfather, Capt. Charles Kenneth Ruiz, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was born in Rock Island, Illinois, July 11th, 1921.  He graduated from the US Naval Academy in June 1942, with the course reduced to three years because of WWII.

In thirty years of naval service, he fought in four different areas of sea warfare starting with surface warfare in the cruiser USS Vincennes (CA-44).  He was at his battle station on the captain’s bridge when she was sunk by Japanese naval gunfire off Guadalcanal during the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942.

After Vincennes sinking, he volunteered for submarine duty and reported to USS Pollack (SS-180).  In Pollack he served as diving officer, battle station officer of the deck, and engineering officer; and completed eight war patrols. He spent his twenty-first, twenty-second, and twenty-third in almost continuous combat.

In 1946 Captain Ruiz completed flight training as a fighter pilot and in 1954 deployed to the Korean War in USS Tarawa as executive officer of Fighter Squadron 102.

Starting in 1967 he commanded the attack aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard for two Vietnam War deployments.  He was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation for the each deployment and a Presidential Unit Citation for 1967 deployment.

He had commanded assignments at the tip of the sword in three wars and served on the sea, under the sea, and in the sea (as a result of the Vincennes sinking).

Captain Ruiz was married to the former Judith Arbogust and has one son and three grandchildren. He spent his retirement between a winter home in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a summer home in Campbell River, Canada, “the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.”