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John Joseph Gilligan Jr.

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John Joseph Gilligan Jr.
Born(1923-06-17)June 17, 1923
Newark, New Jersey
DiedAugust 8, 1942(1942-08-08) (aged 19)
Tulagi, Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1942
UnitFirst Marine Raider Battalion
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Guadalcanal campaign
    • Tulagi landings
AwardsSilver Star

John Joseph Gilligan Jr., born June 17, 1923 at Newark, New Jersey.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Gilligan enlisted, in the Marine Corps Reserve January 8, 1942 and served at Parris Island, South Carolina, and Quantico, Virginia.

Awarded the Silver Star[edit]

Private Gilligan was mortally wounded in action while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, on August 7, 1942 and died the next day. For his heroism under fire, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.


Gilligan (DE-508) was launched February 22, 1944 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newark, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. John J. Gilligan, the namesake's mother; and commissioned May 12, 1944, Lt. Comdr. Carl E. Bull, USNR, commanding.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics World War II AND Biography : Ronald A. Burdo, Edward Henry Allen, Maurice Joseph Manuel, Clarence Lee Evans, Welton Ralph Abell, Bertram S. Varian Jr., Carl Genian

Other articles of the topic World War II : Frank Perconte, Fay B. Begor, Kenneth Hart Muir, Rogers Blood, Everett F. Larson, Robert Lee Pettit, John R. Borum

Other articles of the topic Biography : Ahmed Deedat, Ishaan Khatter, Bethan McKernan, People, Charles John Duffy, Edwin Pepping, Josef Bartlett Finley, Jr.
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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