McConnell, John, SN

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
SN-9700-Seaman - Infantry, Gun Crews, and Seamanship Specialists
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1945, SN-9700, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
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Last Address
Columbus, Ohio

Date of Passing
Apr 25, 2008
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John H. McConnell, 1923-2008

Friday,  April 25, 2008 4:25 PM

Born: May 10, 1923 in Pughtown, W. Va.

Military: U.S. Navy during World War II

Education: Business administration degree from Michigan State University in 1949.

Career: Founded Worthington Industries with a single load of steel in 1955 after working as a salesman for Weirton Steel. Worthington Industries has grown to steel processor and manufacturer of metal related products with annualized sales of approximately $3 billion. The company employs 8,000 people, with 69 facilities in 11 countries.

Sports: Majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets, of the National Hockey League, founded in 2000; owner of Double Eagle Golf Club in Galena.

Civic interests: Former chairman of the OhioHealth Corporation and founder of the McConnell Heart Health Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital, chairman emeritus of the Law Enforcement Foundation of Ohio and a director of GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) of Flint, Mich. Created the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, a Columbus charitable organization.

Writing: Wrote the book Our Golden Rule in 2004

Honors: Recipient of the 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, the Horatio Alger Award and the National Football Foundation Gold Medal Award, the foundation’s highest honor; the Ohio Governor’s Award and the Mr. Ohio Gold Award; Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame; Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame and the Columbus Hall of Fame; Michigan State University Outstanding Alumni award; Entrepreneur of the Year by Southern Illinois University.

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 Duty Stations
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1942-1945, SN-9700, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Wake Island
  1942-1942 Antisubmarine Campaign/Attack on USS SARATOGA (CV-3)6
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings1
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)1
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation 1
 Colleges Attended 
Michigan State University
  1945-1949, Michigan State University4
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