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Colonel 

John Frances O'Grady

 

Basic Information

Name
John Frances O'Grady
Birth
August 31, 1929
New Hyde Park, Nassau, New York, USA
Death
April 10. 1967
Vietnam
Time In Service
From: Not Specified
To: Not Specified

Affiliation

Allegiance
United States of America
Branch of Service
Air Force
Rank
Colonel
Unit(s)
Specialty
Air Force Fighters
Current Status
Missing In Action

Service Record

War
Vietnam War
Battle(s)
Not Specified

Honors & Awards

Award(s)

Col. John O'Grady

His plane 105D
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Colonel John F. O'Grady

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Dad & his medals

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Dad

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Story of Colonel John O;Grady

John O’Grady was born on August 31, 1929 in New Hyde Park, New York to Irish immigrants. He attended La Salle High School, a prestigious, private Military Academy. He attained the top ranking of his class, reaching the top ten of all students attending H.S. Military Academies across the country. His incredible academic achievements earned him an automatic appointment to Annapolis; “The United States Naval Academy.” He majored in Aeronautical Engineering and graduated with honors at the top of his class in 1952.

He served in the United States Air Force with excellence, and in addition to being an engineer he also became a jet fighter pilot. Later O’Grady earned his Masters Degree in Aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. O’Grady was a heavy weight champion boxer and a track star at Annapolis. He loved flying and earned his pilot license at 14 years old even before he was able to drive. He was a tall man standing 6’3″ in bare feet with curly brown...   [ Read more » ]

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