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== Loss ==
== Loss ==
From the All Hands Naval Bulletin (April 1944), describing the action for which he was awarded an Air Medal:
From the All Hands Naval Bulletin (April 1944), describing [https://www.fold3.com/image/269694868 the action for which he was awarded an Air Medal]:
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Lieut. Jack A. Mahony Jr., USN, Charleston, S.C. (posthumously):
Lieut. Jack A. Mahony Jr., USN, Charleston, S.C. (posthumously):
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He has [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=MAHONY&GSfn=JACK&GSmn=A.&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=86377149&df=all& a memory marker] in South Carolina.
He was a [https://www.fold3.com/image/269453513?terms=28,john,vf,dalton member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 27], flying from a shore base while USS Suwanee (CVE 27), was anchored for upkeep and repairs.


His wife was [http://www.naval-history.net/WW2UScasaaDB-USNbyNameM.htm listed as] next of kin.
== Operations in February - June 1943 ==
In the first months of 1943, Carrier Division 22 seems to have operated their aircraft almost interchangeably. For example, on April 17 <span class='smallcaps'>Sagamon</span> [https://www.fold3.com/image/269007984 listed pilots] aboard from VFs 26, 27, 28, and VC-26. However, most of the time [[JAMES F. FITZPATRICK, JR., LCDR, USN|James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35]], [[JOHN S. DALTON, LCDR, USN|John Dalton '38]], and [[JACK A. MAHONY, JR., LT, USN|Jack Mahony, Jr. '39]] were aboard <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> or ashore at Guadalcanal. The following mentions were found in the ship's logs:


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* [https://www.fold3.com/image/268543495 4 February]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span>, VGF 27 (Mahoney)
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/268543587 8 February]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span>, VGF 27 (Dalton, Mahoney)
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/268927927 6 March]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Air Group transferred to Guadalcanal
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269445699 24 April]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> VF 27 mostly returns. Dalton does, but Fitzpatrick and Mahoney are at the Guadalcanal base hospital
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269421416 11 May]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Dalton flight lead
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269421422 11 May]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Dalton and LCDR Fitzpatrick
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269421437 13 May]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick flight lead
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269421442 13 May]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Dalton and LCDR Fitzpatrick
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269421557 26 May]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Mahoney flight lead
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269453513 27 May]: Dalton, Mahoney TAD aboard <span class='smallcaps'>Sagamon</span>
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459816 8 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick flight lead
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459818 9 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick and Mahoney
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459820 10 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick, Dalton, Mahoney
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459822 11 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Dalton
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459824 12 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Mahoney, Dalton
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459826 13 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick, Mahoney
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459828 14 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick, Dalton
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459830 15 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick
* [https://www.fold3.com/image/269459838 21 June]: <span class='smallcaps'>Suwanee</span> Fitzpatrick, flight lead, catapulted from the ship while she lay at anchor
 
 
After this, there are no further mentions of any of these men or Fighting Squadron (VF) 27 aboard USS Suwanee or USS Sagamon (CVE 26).
 
== Other Information ==
From researcher Kathy Franz: "In 1920, his father Jack was a furniture salesman, mother Mary Elizabeth, and brother Carlyle. In 1940, the family included sisters Mary Elizabeth, Dorothy, Gloria and Sarah; and brothers John, Hilliard, Robert and William."
 
Jack's wife was [http://www.naval-history.net/WW2UScasaaDB-USNbyNameM.htm listed as] next of kin. He has [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86377149 a memory marker] in South Carolina.
 
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Jack Mahony, Jr. '39

Date of birth: July 21, 1917

Date of death: July 1, 1943

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

1939 Mahony LB.jpg

JACK ALGER MAHONEY, JR.

Charleston, South Carolina

Jack

"A beautiful woman and a beautiful ship have no peers." Coming from Charleston, "The Beautiful City by the Sea," Jack is a staunch Rebel. His ability as a teller of yarns is well known, his favorite topics ranging from the elegant social affairs of Charleston to yacht regattas and hunting. Jack is a sailor from 'way back, sailing in many Southern Coast regattas before entering the Academy and being one of our representatives in intercollegiate racing. Socially Jack is up with the best of them. He has dragged many, but the Southern Belle remains his preference. Professionally, with his military background from the Citadel, his ambition to make good, and his ability to make friends, Jack will be an admirable shipmate and an enviable asset to the Navy.

Soccer 4; Sailing Team 2, 1; Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; International Star Boat Crew; Medal offered by by Minstére de La Marine Marchandaise; 2 Stripes.

1939 Mahony LB.jpg

JACK ALGER MAHONEY, JR.

Charleston, South Carolina

Jack

"A beautiful woman and a beautiful ship have no peers." Coming from Charleston, "The Beautiful City by the Sea," Jack is a staunch Rebel. His ability as a teller of yarns is well known, his favorite topics ranging from the elegant social affairs of Charleston to yacht regattas and hunting. Jack is a sailor from 'way back, sailing in many Southern Coast regattas before entering the Academy and being one of our representatives in intercollegiate racing. Socially Jack is up with the best of them. He has dragged many, but the Southern Belle remains his preference. Professionally, with his military background from the Citadel, his ambition to make good, and his ability to make friends, Jack will be an admirable shipmate and an enviable asset to the Navy.

Soccer 4; Sailing Team 2, 1; Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; International Star Boat Crew; Medal offered by by Minstére de La Marine Marchandaise; 2 Stripes.

Loss

From the All Hands Naval Bulletin (April 1944), describing the action for which he was awarded an Air Medal:

Lieut. Jack A. Mahony Jr., USN, Charleston, S.C. (posthumously): Completely disregarding his own safety, he struck courageously at a formation of 45 enemy bombers and fighters over New Georgia Island, 1 July 1943. Making a powerful run he severely damaged one of the enemy craft before the furious speed of his dive tore the wings from his own plane and he dived into the sea.

He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 27, flying from a shore base while USS Suwanee (CVE 27), was anchored for upkeep and repairs.

Operations in February - June 1943

In the first months of 1943, Carrier Division 22 seems to have operated their aircraft almost interchangeably. For example, on April 17 Sagamon listed pilots aboard from VFs 26, 27, 28, and VC-26. However, most of the time James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35, John Dalton '38, and Jack Mahony, Jr. '39 were aboard Suwanee or ashore at Guadalcanal. The following mentions were found in the ship's logs:

  • 4 February: Suwanee, VGF 27 (Mahoney)
  • 8 February: Suwanee, VGF 27 (Dalton, Mahoney)
  • 6 March: Suwanee Air Group transferred to Guadalcanal
  • 24 April: Suwanee VF 27 mostly returns. Dalton does, but Fitzpatrick and Mahoney are at the Guadalcanal base hospital
  • 11 May: Suwanee Dalton flight lead
  • 11 May: Suwanee Dalton and LCDR Fitzpatrick
  • 13 May: Suwanee Fitzpatrick flight lead
  • 13 May: Suwanee Dalton and LCDR Fitzpatrick
  • 26 May: Suwanee Mahoney flight lead
  • 27 May: Dalton, Mahoney TAD aboard Sagamon
  • 8 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick flight lead
  • 9 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick and Mahoney
  • 10 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick, Dalton, Mahoney
  • 11 June: Suwanee Dalton
  • 12 June: Suwanee Mahoney, Dalton
  • 13 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick, Mahoney
  • 14 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick, Dalton
  • 15 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick
  • 21 June: Suwanee Fitzpatrick, flight lead, catapulted from the ship while she lay at anchor


After this, there are no further mentions of any of these men or Fighting Squadron (VF) 27 aboard USS Suwanee or USS Sagamon (CVE 26).

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz: "In 1920, his father Jack was a furniture salesman, mother Mary Elizabeth, and brother Carlyle. In 1940, the family included sisters Mary Elizabeth, Dorothy, Gloria and Sarah; and brothers John, Hilliard, Robert and William."

Jack's wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in South Carolina.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1939
Ensign, USS Honolulu


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Aviation Unit)
June 1940
Ensign, USS Honolulu

Others at this command:
November 1940
Ensign, USS Honolulu

Others at this command:
April 1941
Ensign, USS Honolulu


Class of 1939

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