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World War II 1
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Navy 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander 1
Birth:
08 Aug 1918 1
District of Columbia 1
Death:
11 Apr 1998 1
San Diego, CA 1
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LT JOHN E MOONEY
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US NAVY
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Cadet John E Mooney
Cadet John E Mooney
High School Cadets of the District of Columbia
Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington DC
Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington DC
T-28 Trojan, BuNo 137796, memorial near the US Naval Air Station main gate, the last T-28 in the Training Command, retired March 1984.
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JackUSNFltsc.jpg Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington DC ~ 1942
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Jack at end of war copy.jpg LCDR John Eliott Mooney USN Ret serviced during WW 2 and Korea Conflict, 19 Jan 1942 - 31 Jan 1962 born 8 Aug 1918 in Washington, DC 8 Aug 1918 died 11 Apr 1998 San Diego, California. Interment at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery Section MA Site 129-A. John was one of the first five men to step foot on Japanese soil after they surrendered and was on the USS Detroit at the signing of the Peace Treaty. He taught English at Annapolis. Picture taken about 1943.
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Estelle&Jack1940.jpg JOHN & ESTELLE & BUFFY ON VISITA STREET, WASHINGTON D. C. ABT 1943
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USSDetroit copy.jpg Namesake: Detroit, Michigan Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation Laid down: 10 November 1920 Launched: 29 June 1922 Commissioned: 31 July 1923 Decommissioned: 11 January 1946 Fate: Sold for scrap 27 February 1946
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Full Name:
John Elliott Mooney 1
Also known as:
Jack 1
Birth:
08 Aug 1918 1
District of Columbia 1
Male 1
Death:
11 Apr 1998 1
San Diego, CA 1
Burial:
Burial Date: 11 Apr 1998 1
Burial Place: Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery Section MA Site 129-A 2
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Birth:
Mother: Esther Louise Elliott 1
Father: John Aloysius Mooney 1
Marriage:
Margaret Estelle Ard 1
24 Jul 1943 1
Washington City, District Of Columbia 1
Spouse Death Date: 13 Feb 2009 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander 1
Service Start Date:
1941 1
Service End Date:
1962 1
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Occupation:
Naval Supply Officer 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Irish 1
Education:
Institution: Columbia University Recognition Instructor 1
Place: Columbus, Ohio 1
From: Jul 1943 1
To: Jul 1945 1
Education:
Institution: Ohio State University 1
Place: Columbus, Ohio 1
From: May 1943 1
To: Jul 1943 1
Education:
Institution: Princeton University Officer 1
Place: Princeton, N.J. 1
From: Mar 1943 1
To: May 1943 1
Education:
Institution: Dartmouth College Student 1
Place: Hanover, N.H. 1
From: Feb 1943 1
To: Jul 1943 1
Education:
Institution: UCNO Navy Dept Statistician 1
Place: Washington, D.C. 1
From: Jul 42 1
To: Jan 43 1
Education:
Institution: Naval Reserve Air Base 3
Place: Anacostia, D.C. 3
From: 21 Jul 1941 3
To: 30 Jan 1942 3
Education:
Institution: James Ormond Wilson teachers College 1
Place: Washington, D.C. 1
From: Sep 1936 1
To: Jun 1941 1
Education:
Institution: High School Cadets 3
Institution: High School Cadets 3
Place: City of Washingtion, DC 3
Place: District of Columbia 3
From: 1934 3
From: 01 Oct 1935 3
To: 1936 3
To: 08 Apr 1936 3

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JACKS' SNAFU

When Pearl Harbor occurred Jack was in training at Anacostia (Naval Air Station, Washington D. C.) to become a flier. A few weeks later he washed up (out) - he landed in a pasture after getting lost and had to be rescused. Pilots had no instruments and used sight (dead reckoning) to get around-He was following a river but going the wrong way. The final down-check came after a perfect landing-3 feet above the ground (Pancaked). He was sent home on leave but received a commission as Ensign in the Navy. Meanwhile the selective service had him report for induction in the Army over protests but the Navy paper work was slow so his protests went unheeded and he ended up at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi-a private at that. He talked to corporals and sergeants and lieutenants on up to the commandant. All to no avail. He even had his commission by now. Finally he sent a personal letter-return receipt requested to the Adjutant-General and Mirabile Dictu the wheels turned and he was released and sent to Washington D.C. to the Navy Department for duty. He created a "ninety day wonder". He stayed there for serval months and then went to officers Training at several schools Ohio State-Princeton-Columbia. P. S. When he retired 20 years later he received re-bursement for that expense. About forty dollars.

PP.S. Another wrinkle I almost forgot. He was registered for the draft as Jack E. Mooney but was in the Navy as John E. Mooney. He had to get several notarized statements from his parents and life-long friends to prove Jack and John were the same person. While at Keesler he Jack/John was assigned to rake patterns in the sand (or dirt?) and look busy when the Sergeant came near.

Written by his wife Estelle

US DETROIT

Clearing San Francisco on 16 January 1945, Detroit arrived at Ulithi on 4 February for duty with the 5th Fleet. She acted as flagship for the replenishment group serving the fast carrier task forces until the end of the war, and entered Tokyo Bay on 1 September. Detroit was one of two ships present at both Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and at the signing of the Japanese surrender (the other being West Virginia). Detroit continued to direct replenishment operations for the Occupation fleet and in addition, the repatriation of Japanese to the home islands from Pacific bases. She left Tokyo Bay on 15 October for the United States with returning servicemen on board, as part of Operation Magic Carpet.
Detroit was decommissioned at Philadelphia on 11 January 1946, and sold for scrap on 27 February
Detroit received six battle stars for World War II service.


LCDR John Eliott Mooney USN Ret serviced during WW 2 and Korea Conflict, 19 Jan 1942 - 31 Jan 1962 born 8 Aug 1918 in Washington, DC 8 Aug 1918 died 11 Apr 1998 San Diego, California. Interment at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery Section MA Site 129-A. John was one of the first five men to step foot on Japanese soil after they surrendered and was on the USS Detroit at the signing of the Peace Treaty. He taught English at Annapolis. Picture taken about 1943.

US DETROIT

Career
Namesake: Detroit, Michigan
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 10 November 1920
Launched: 29 June 1922
Commissioned: 31 July 1923
Decommissioned: 11 January 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap 27 February 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Omaha-class light cruiser
Displacement: 7,050 long tons (7,160 metric tons)
Length: 555 ft 6 in (169.32 m)
Beam: 55 ft 4 in (16.87 m)
Draft: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Speed: 34 knots (39 mph; 63 km/h)
Complement: 458 officers and enlisted
Armament: 10 × 6 in (150 mm)/53 cal guns, 6 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 6 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes (2x3)
Aircraft carried: 2 × floatplanes
Aviation facilities: 2 × catapults

US WINSTON

Career
Name: USS Winston
Namesake: Winston County
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey
Laid down: 10 July 1944
Launched: 30 November 1944
Acquired: 18 January 1945
Commissioned: 19 January 1945
Decommissioned: 1 February 1957
Recommissioned: 24 November 1961
Decommissioned: November 1969
Reclassified: LKA-94, 1 January 1969
Struck: 1 September 1976
Honours and
awards: 7 battle stars (Korea)
7 battle stars (Vietnam)
Fate: Sold for scrap, 15 November 1979
General characteristics
Class & type: Andromeda-class attack cargo ship
Type: Type C2-S-B1
Displacement: 14,200 long tons (14,428 t) fully loaded
Length: 459 ft 2 in (139.95 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draft: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Complement: 247
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mount
• 4 × twin 40 mm gun mounts

For almost two years, the ship plied the waters of the western Atlantic, participating in amphibious maneuvers with Marines from the Central American coast in the south to the shores of Greenland in the north. Late in 1947, Winston was inactivated briefly at Baltimore; but she returned to active service early in 1948. During that year, she resumed exercises with the Marines and travelled the length of the coast of North America. At the beginning of 1949, she embarked units of the 2nd Marine Division and sailed on 3 January for a four-month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea. On 24 May, the attack cargo ship returned to the United States from her first cruise with the 6th Fleet. After disembarking the Marines at Morehead City, North Carolina, she proceeded to Norfolk and resumed east coast operations out of that port.

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