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George Anthony O'Leary, EM3c
U.S.S. Salt Lake City CA25
1943-1944

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U.S.S. SLC...USN...George Anthony O'Leary, EM3c

US FLAG George A. O'Leary passed away on July 16th, 1984. Information from grandson, Jeff Normandin
March 13th, 2010
Updated March 13th, 2011

Hi Sandy,

Here is what I've got so far. I might get more stories from family members to add later. Thanks Again!

George O'Leary was born in Brooklyn, NY. When he joined the Navy he was sent to training at Iowa State University, and while there he met my grandmother Olive, a resident of nearby Boone, IA. George and Olive married in Boone, then went to San Francisco, where he shipped out.

The brief entries about George on this website are more than I knew about his Navy career, so I'll pick up again after the War.

George and Olive eventually settled in Fitchburg, MA (where Olive lived), and had a total of 6 children, the first being born while George was aboard the SLC. George worked for the Post Office, and was very civic-minded and involved in his community. He was one of the driving forces and founder of Fitchburg Civic Days, and the Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade one year. He held many positions in the Amvets Post 29 including local, state and national offices. He was a leader in the Boy Scouts Explorer club and was an officer in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The Eagles donated a CAT SCAN machine in his memory to St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester after George's death on Jul. 16th, 1984.

Jeff Normandin


SLC Deck Logs Feb. 1943  Jun. 1944
Sep. 5th, 1943 "Saltshaker" Injured List
Tidbits from 1944 Saltshaker

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George & Olive with two "unknowns"

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George & Olive
with 5 of their 6 children & 2 cousins

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Presentation of Purple Heart to Leo Franklin, S1c by Vice Admiral E. G. Small
Capt of USS SLC, Oct 31, 1943, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Awarded for actions during the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, March 26th, 1943

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