George A. O'Connell, Jr.
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC "Officer"..George A. O'Connell, Jr., Comdr.
George A. O'Connell, Jr. passed away on July 18th, 2010. Info. from neice, Courtenay O'Connell
GEORGE A. O’CONNELL, JR., CAPTAIN USN (RET) slipped his earthly moorings at Lenbrook in Atlanta on July 18, 2010 and set sail for his final port, Heaven. He was born on August 20, 1913, in Birmingham, Alabama to Lollie Gilreath and George O’Connell. Captain O’Connell, a 1935 graduate of the US Naval Academy and professor at the US Naval War College and Armed Forces Staff College, served in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters in WWII, and in the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. He, his two brothers and two brothers- in- law were all part of the Normandy invasion and all survived. He received two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit with combat V, two Bronze Stars and other awards and decorations for his service and valor. Military tradition was part of his heritage as his father was WWI Army surgeon and his grandfather and great grandfather also served in the military. He capped a 34 year naval career as a textile executive in Anniston, AL.
Information found in the "Salt Shaker" Sunday Supplement, April 16th, 1944
Lt. Comdr. George A. O'Connell, Jr., USN, Fort McCellan, AL.: As main battery control officer of a cruiser in action against numerically superior Japanese forces, he selected his targets skillfully and inflicted severe damage on the enemy. He also furnished invaluable suggestions and information for the control of his own ship against hostile units.
May 16th, 2000
Sworn into the Navy on 29 June, 1931 at Annapolis, Maryland.
#2 in Picture with Woolling & Dana|
Tidbits from Ship's Wake 1943
Story, Newspaper, 1943
The "One Ship Fleet"
Jake Jaekel's "Saga of the Swayback Maru"
Tidbits from 1944 Saltshaker
Story from SLC Cruise Book
Received the Silver Star
Deck Log Officer's List
SLC Deck Logs Jan. 1942 Sep. 1943
Attended the Launching of the USS SLC SSN-716
George &/or Family Members attended the following SLC Reunions: 1973 1983 1995 1997 1999
Captain Bertram J. Rodgers awarded Lt. Comdr. George A.
O'Connell with the Silver Star
for "conspicuous gallantry & intrepidity in action while serving aboard a US cruiser."
Another article states: "He selected his targets skillfully & inflicted severe damage on the
enemy. He also furnished invaluable suggestions & information for the control of his own ship
against hostile units.
Mr. & Mrs. George A. O'Connell, Jr.
USS Salt Lake City CA25
Reunion in 1973
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