Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fallen Hero: Lieutenant (jg) Howard T. Feeley, U.S. Navy

Lieutenant (jg) Howard T. Feeley of the U.S. Naval Air Corps was born on August 25, 1916, son of Dr. J. Henry and Helen Howard Feeley. Howard lived at 21 School Street with his parents, one sister and one brother. Howard was a graduate of Franklin High School and attended Boston University and the University of Maine before entering the Naval Air Corps. 
Lieutenant (jg) Howard Feeley saw considerable action as a patrol commander aboard the famous Catalina flying boats. The Catalinas hunted U-boat packs and surface raiders in the Carribean and Atlantic. LTJG Feeley was also squadron commander of a flight of heavy planes which saw much action in Africa. He aided in the rescue of survivors of torpedoed ships, and carried cargoes of men, machinery, mail, food and weapons in addition to his regular patrol work. 
Lieutenant (jg) Howard T. Feeley lost his life on July 5, 1943 in a take-off crash at Deland, Florida, ironically after he had seen considerable combat action during the previous year. In the recent months prior to his death, LTJG Feeley had been training a new squadron of the navy’s newest bombers which were to be used as anti-submarine weapons. 
Lieutenant (jg) Howard T. Feeley was 26 years old at the time of his death on July 5, 1943 while serving his country during World War II.

Fallen Hero: LTJG Howard Feeley

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