Letter to the Editor: Navy veteran expresses appreciation

To the Editor:
Recently The Standard newspaper of Waukon presented lines of print concerning my grandsons, Dolan and Aidan Jones, replicating their grandfather’s remembrance of Killed In Action shipmates of the USS Quincy CA-39, names being orally recalled. I am so very proud of my Waukon grandsons that volunteered to take over the responsibility of this remembrance that I am not physically capable of doing any more.
Dolan’s name is actually the surname of his grandmother, my first wife. Aidan’s name is a recall of the Catholic church where I repaired the chimes in the steeple.
There has been a 70th anniversary commemoration recently held by the city of Quincy, MA in memory of its namesake ship, USS Quincy CA-39. There were many speakers recalling the ship being constructed in the Fore River Shipyard, so this particular ship was aptly named and I was certainly proud to have been assigned to this ship that had been constructed locally.
I extend my appreciation to The Standard for its accurate news reporting, and especially the front page coverage of my story. A special extension of gratitude to Maury Gallagher for a well thought out and presented article. Please know that I am overwhelmed by your kindnesses. I extend my hand to shake yours symbolically in thanks!

Daniel H. Galvin
Hanover, MA
First Class Petty Officer
[Fire Controlman]
United States Navy
1940 -1946

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