Dr. Giles McCoy
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Dr. Giles McCoy, 83, of Palm Coast, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2009. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 11:00AM at the V.F.W. Post 8696 at 47 Old Kings Rd. in Palm Coast. 12:14 AM on July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser that just completed the top secret mission of delivering the components for the Atomic Bomb dropped on Japan, was torpedoed in the Philippine Sea. Of the 1,196 men on board, about 900 survived into the water. After four days of relentless shark attacks, only 316 were left alive to be rescued. Due to the nature of their mission, the existence of the Indianapolis was not acknowledged. Only by happenstance did an American aircraft spot the survivors, one of which was the Marine Corp's Private First Class Giles McCoy. He is the nationally recognized speaker on the subject and had is exploits published in the book "Forever a Soldier." In civilian life, he went on to become a chiropractor. He enjoyed playing baseball, golfing, fishing and hunting and was active in the VFW. He and his wife of 61 years, Betty, moved to Palm Coast in 1987 from St. Louis, Missouri. He is also survived by sons, Dennis (Tisha), Craig (Pam) of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Marsha Hudson of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Elsie Wolverton (Richard) of Collinsville, Illinois; four grandchildren (one of whom is presently serving in the Marines); two great grandchildren and one step great grandchild. Condolences may be shared via the family guestbook at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Palm Coast.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from May 3 to May 4, 2009.
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May 25, 2009
i have met dr. giles mCcoy i am jordan bennett i was in mr. scardingos class last year mr. scardingos is a fourth grade teacher at ormond beach elementary in ormond and dr. giles mCcoy was one of mr. scardingos friends and came in to the class and spoke to us about the day the ship sunk and the journey and i am very sad to hear that he past away i am sad to this day love always jordan bennett!
jordan bennett
May 6, 2009
God bless those heroes that kept us safe at a time when courage wasn't just a fancy term thrown about. He shall be missed as a great American and a great man. Our best to the family and all who knew him.
CTT1 Clifford Shear
May 5, 2009
My sympathies to the family. My dad always KNEW that Doc McCoy would cure whatever medical problem he had.
Gary Horst
May 5, 2009
Man, will I miss our meetings at lunch at the VFW. Giles, by his valor, was the ultimate Marine.In addition he was a great down to earth man.
Bob Marple
May 4, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
May 4, 2009
We are saddened by your loss. This scriptural thought at John 5:28,29 has given us great relief. We certainly hope it provides a measure of comfort to you as well. Do not underestimate the power of Prayer.
Willie Jones & Family
May 4, 2009
My sympathies to all of "Doc's" family. I had the privlege of knowing Doc and playing baseball for him while he was in Boonville. I will always remember him for the good person that he was, his kindness to me and for his sacrifices for our freedom and Country.
Harold Lammers
May 4, 2009
We extend to you our deepest sympathy and remember the kindness given to our Dad by Dr. McCoy.

The William B. Lang Family, Boonville, MO
May 4, 2009
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We met Mr. Mc Coy last April when he visited Mr. Scardigno's 4th grade class. He will be greatly missed by all, but we know he is in the hands of the Lord now.
Phifer Family
May 3, 2009
william dougherty i will miss doc bless you betty
william Dougherty
May 3, 2009
Dear Betty and family,
My sympathies to all of you. I will always remember that smile that Dr. McCoy had for everyone. God bless,
Dottie Kettman
May 3, 2009
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