John W. O'Neill
USS West Virginia
John W. O'Neill, Captain, born Oct. 24, 1918, in Newport, RI. He enlisted on June 27, 1936, and served in the USS West Virginia from 1939-43, where he rose from seaman to chief quartermaster to ensign. Caught en route back to the Wee Vee from Honolulu with his brother during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He survived the attack on another ship.
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