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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, USS Rodman (DD-456)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Rock
Panama Canal

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember GILLIGAN, John (Jack), LT.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cincinnati, Ohio
Last Address
Former Governor Gilligan died at his home in Cincinnati, age 92.
His body was donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Date of Passing
Aug 26, 2013
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

Gun Captain (pre-1969) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
  1945, American Legion, Post (Recorder) (Cincinnati, Ohio) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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 Duty Stations
Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)US Navy
  1943-1943, Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)
  1943-1945, USS Emmons (DD-457)
  1945-1945, USS Rodman (DD-456)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1944-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
University of Notre DameUniversity of CincinnatiUniversity of Notre Dame
  1939-1943, University of Notre Dame
  1945-1947, University of Cincinnati
  1979-1979, University of Notre Dame
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  In memoriam: Former Ohio governor and ND law professor emeritus John J. Gilligan
  Agency for International Development Nomination of John J. Gilligan To Be Administrator.
  Sep 23, 2007, A one hour interview, as part of the Veterans History Project.4
  Nov 05, 2013, General Photos12
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt John J. Gilligan
Silver Star WWII

John Joyce Gilligan was Ohio's governor from 1971 to 1975.

Gilligan was born on March 22, 1921, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1943, and he then enlisted in the United States Navy, serving for the duration of World War II. Mr. Gilligan was a gunnery officer on the destroyer USS Emmons during D-Day at Normandy and later the USS Rodman where he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry under fire during the battle of Okinawa. Upon returning to the United States, Gilligan enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1947.

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