JACK A. MAHONY, JR., LT, USN

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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:

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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 has a memory marker in South Carolina.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


Class of 1939

Jack is one of 76 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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