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John Thomas Doherty


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
John Thomas Doherty Obituary
John Thomas Doherty

Virginia Beach - LCDR John Thomas Doherty, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully on April 4, 2014 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Born on February 6, 1924 in Malden, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary Doherty. John enlisted in the United States Navy in March, 1942 and served on active duty until December of 1969. He is the recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon with two stars, the Korean Service Medal with two stars, the Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, as well as the Navy Good Conduct Medal with four stars. Significant duty stations include the USS Natchez PF-2, USS Robert A. Owens DDE-827, USS Guadalcanal LPH-7, USS Annapolis AGMR-1, Commander Transport DIV 14, PIBPAC, USS Okanogan APA-215, and Officer in charge Hydrographic Office Panama Canal Zone. Following retirement from the Navy in 1969, Jack worked in Contract Sales for Sears and Roebuck, was active in Eagle Haven Golf Association and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Lillie Hill Robertson, his daughter Nancy Marie Wright, her husband Jerry. His son, Cdr. John Thomas Doherty, Jr. USN (Ret.), and his wife Carleen. Four grandchildren: Elizabeth Reilly, Juliane Kelly, Mary Doherty and Sean Doherty and four great-grandchildren, as well as several other loving family members.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1457 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach on Friday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Chapel at 10 a.m. April 12. Interment arrangements will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation Inc. 111 Rockville Pike Suite 420 Rockville MD 20850. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 8, 2014
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