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A Favorite View of:

SN 2nd Class
 James Earl McElroy
WWII Veteran
Served on the
Born in 1926:
Earl joined the Navy in 1941.
Yup, Earl was 15 years old.

James "EARL" McElroy was born December 23, 1926 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to the late John Dooley McElroy and Alta Mae Wilson McElroy.

Earl is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dolores (Dee) Mae; his five children; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; Dee's four children; his brother, Dwight of Old Lyme, Conn.; his sister, Carol of Oakland, Calif., three nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his sister Mryl Brehany; his first wife, Margret; and his second wife Marilyn.

He served during WWII at an age of 15 on the USS Saratoga CV3 and received the WWII Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with six Bronze Stars.

After the war he went to work for Western Union Telegraph retiring in August of 1987 after 36 years as a senior Equipment Installer at Seattle, Wash.

Earl was a life member of Robert Burns #243 F & AM Scottish Rite Everett, Wash., Royal Arch Masons #61, Past Assoc. Guardian Bethel 50 Jobs Daughters, and Past Patron Stanwood 76 OES. He was a life member of Post 1040 VFW, a life member of Post 207 American Legion, and Veterans of Underage Military of WA.

Services were held October 20, 2014 at  Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent WA.

"Dawn Strike".
USS Saratoga (CV-3) in Measure 32, Design 11A camouflage
after having launched a strike against Formosa, 1944.
 Painting by
Earl must have seen many days like this! :)