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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 29, 1929
Date of death: April 7, 1958
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

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From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


Milton, Massachusetts

Jim Flaherty, "The Smiling Irishman," will long be remembered as the man who succeeded no matter how great the odds. Never was greater capacity for work displayed by one individual. Probably no single person in the class of 1953 crammed more into a twenty-four-hour day than did Jim. With a heart as big as Dublin, he was a friend to all. An ex-ROTC, Jim came to Navy via Boston College and later the University of Louisville, fresh from the decks of the USS Iowa. Versed in all matters, even the inner workings of shunt fields. Look for efficiency, punctuality, and an air of cordiality and ten to one there'll be Jim.


James was one of three pilots killed when their B25 crashed north of San Angelo, Texas, on April 7, 1958; he was the instructor pilot. James is buried in Texas.

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