WILLIAM J GARRITY JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 110 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM JOHN GARRITY JR

WALL NAME

WILLIAM J GARRITY JR

PANEL / LINE

11E/110

DATE OF BIRTH

09/23/1926

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/26/1966

HOME OF RECORD

HAVRE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hill County

STATE

MT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LCDR

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM JOHN GARRITY JR
POSTED ON 11.15.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcdr - Father William Garrity,
Thank you for your service as a Staff Corps Chaplain on the U.S.S. ORKKANY. Thank you for the comfort you gave to those in distress. I did the research on you on your 52nd anniversary. Happy Veterans' Day. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.29.2018
POSTED BY: Michael J Kelly

As a young observer!

Fr Jack Garrity was a family friend. He served in the Helena Diocese until he felt he must serve a higher calling in the Vietnam War. I hope he was able to inspire and comfort all those IN HARM"S WAY during this period of American History. GOD obviously decided that his life was cut short.
GOD BLESS HIM!
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POSTED ON 10.26.2017
POSTED BY: David Botticelli

Remembering LCDR Garrity, Jr.

Thank you, LCDR Garrity, Jr., for your service with the military.
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POSTED ON 8.13.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Casualty at Sea

Casualty at Sea
On October 26, 1966, there was an aircraft flare fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany operating in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam. Two sailors were re-stowing unexpended MK-24 Mod 3 Flares when one was accidentally dropped. The igniter had not been reset to SAFE. As it dropped, the safety lanyard was inadvertently pulled, actuating the flare. For reasons known only to him, one of the sailors picked up the armed flare, threw it into the magazine locker, and closed the door. Some 2.75-inch rocket warheads loaded with Composition B were stowed in the locker. Shortly after the flare ignited in the locker, the intense heat caused a 2.75 rocket warhead in the locker to detonate, sending fire and smoke into the hangar bay. This was followed by a second warhead explosion that spread fire throughout the entire hangar deck and in the forward portion of the ship. Finally, heat caused a liquid oxygen tank to explode. Before the fires were completely under control, 44 sailors had died (43 from asphyxiation and one from burns) and 156 had been injured. Beside the material damage to the ship, two helicopters and an A-4E aircraft were destroyed and three A-4E aircraft were damaged. The estimated cost of the material damage was $11 million. The following officers and men of Oriskany died in or as a result of the fires: CDR Jack H. Harris, CDR Richard E. Donahue, CDR Harry W. Juntilla (DOW 10/31/66), LCDR William J. Garrity Jr., LCDR Walter F. Merrick, LCDR Omar R. Ford, LT Frank M. Gardner, LTJG Dewey L. Alexander, LTJG Ramon A. Copple, LTJG James B. Hudis, LTJG James A. Kelly Jr., LTJG Franklin M. Tunick, BM3 Donald W. Shanks, BM3 Alvin M. Shifflett Jr., SN Robert L. Dyke, SN James K. Gray, SN James A. Lee, FN William Walling, AA Greg E. Hart, CDR Rodney B. Carter, LT Lloyd P. Hyde, LTJG William R. Clements, CDR George K. Farris, LCDR James A. Smith, LT John F. Francis, CDR John J. Nussbaumer, AZAN David A. Liste, LCDR Clement J. Morisette, LT Clarence D. Miller, LTJG Thomas E. Spitzer, ENS Ronald E. Tardio, CDR Clyde R. Welch, LCDR Daniel L. Strong, LTJG James L. Brewer, LTJG William A. Johnson, LCDR Norman S. Levy, LTJG Cody A. Balisteri, LTJG William G. McWilliams III, ENS Charles W. Boggs, LT Josslyn F. Blakely Jr., LT Julian D. Hammond Jr., LTJG Gerald W. Siebe, LTJG James R. Welsh, and ENS Daniel O. Kern. [Taken from insensitivemunitions.org and virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 10.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCDR William John Garrity Jr, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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