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John Joseph Doherty, born 26 February 1919 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve 1 March 1940 and was appointed aviation cadet 9 July 1940.

Awarded Distinguished Flying CrossEdit

Assigned to Bombing Squadron 6 on board USS Enterprise (CV-6), Ensign Doherty was reported missing in action 1 February 1942 during the Marshall Islands raid. He received posthumously a special Letter of Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for his devotion to duty and disregard of his own safety in accomplishing his mission in addition to the Distinguished Flying Cross.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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