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  1. John McKinley
    September 24, 2023 @ 12:21 AM

    Jack was my boss aboard USS Jonas Ingram (DD 938), I was ASWO and Fire Control Officer while he was the Gun Boss. Best boss I ever had. By the way, when he had the accident in the Triumph TR4, I was in the passenger seat. We both were pretty well banged up. It was not his fault. We became close friends, and while in the Naval Hospital, we would sneak out in the evening to a local night club for dancing. Transportation was a Morgan I had just received from England. Jack had a cast on both legs, but he could stand in the middle of the dance floor and do the twist. At the time. I had 90 + stiches in my face, I would go over to ask a girl to dance, she would jump up horrified and run to the middle of the dance floor to twist with Jack. Much later, Jack and I ended up together in an ASW school in San Diego, he was a CDR heading to command USS Berkley (DDG 15), I was a LCDR, XO of a Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (Reserve). Over the past 15 years or so, Jack, Cynthia and two other shipmates from Jonas Ingram and their wives have gotten together from time to time to tell tall tales and play golf. Although I’m Navy through and through, the Navy made a mistake by not promoting Jack to Admiral. John McKinley, RADM USNR (Ret.)


    • davidegrogan
      September 24, 2023 @ 7:58 AM

      Admiral – Thanks for reading Jack’s story and for filling in the details on the Triumph story!


  2. Capt. Michael A. LILLY
    January 31, 2024 @ 6:41 PM

    I really appreciated this bio on my old shipmate from the Waddell. He was my OOD many times while we conducted gunfire support to the troops ashore in Vietnam. I am delighted that Jack was so successful in his careers.


    • davidegrogan
      February 3, 2024 @ 8:19 AM

      Michael – thanks for reading Jack’s story and for your service, as well!


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