Personalized FCM Memento

FOR THOSE WHO SERVED WITH PRIDE and DEDICATION

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            WE WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US 

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  1. John Lawrence Donoghue

     /  January 9, 2013

    Ahoy Mates,

    My daughter ran across the notice of Intrepid’s 70th reunion on the ‘Blog Alert 2013 Reunion Update’ page and this ‘FCM Memento’ page at https://cv11texfcm.wordpress.com.

    I was Engineering Officer of VF-18. We were aboard the Intrepid in 1944. We were Kamakazied three times. Our Air Group 18 shot down about 275 Japanese planes while we were aboard,

    There is an F6F on the Museum with about 20 Japanese flags on it. The pilot of that plane was Lt.Jg. Cecil Harris.(…it isn’t the actual plane that he flew, but the same type). His plane was thrown overboard following the third Kamikazi attack because the fire on the Hangar deck caused the sprinkler system to go off and flood 21 planes with salt water. Before the war Harris was a High School teacher.

    I joined the Reserves in 1947 at Naval Air Station, NAS Glenview, IL and retired when I made Captain in 1960, with 26 years credit in the Reserves. I will be 94 years old in February, 2013. I am still working putting in 35 hours a week as a semi-retired Consultant. I worked 46 years with Ralph Burke Associates, Inc., the engineering firm that was responsible for the planning and design of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. I was President of the firm from 1960 to 1992 when I went into semi-retirement.

    I loved being on the Intrepid. It was a fine ship with a well trained crew. I was proud of the way that the crew acted when we were Kamikazied. Everyone on deck just pitched in and did what had to be done. The fire fighting crews were particularly daring and effective. When people ask me about the war, I say “It was a great experience if you lived through it”.

    Sincerely,

    John Lawrence Donoghue, Captain USNR (Ret)

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    • Captain Donoghue, it was great hearing from you and I appreciate your comments, as I’m sure our fellow former crew members will. I thank you for supporting my Blog by your response. I wish you the best, and a safe, healthy and Happy 95th Birthday. – John Simonetti, Past President, USS Intrepid Association, Inc. (’03-’05)

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