Thursday, August 29, 2013

Children of Heroes

I went to school with the grandchild of a hero many years ago.  She was a loyal and patriotic American.  Her grandfather was killed at the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. His job was chief damage control officer on the U.S.S. Lexington, the "Lady Lex". He perished at his battle station. He left behind a wife and two small children.  In his honor, the Navy named a Fletcher class destroyer in his honor, the U.S.S. Healy DD672.
Commander Healy saved 1800 of his shipmates.  The ship named for him earned 8 battle stars in WWII. Sadly the U.S.S. Healy was scrapped in 1976. She and her namesake are not forgotten.

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