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Col Joe Dougherty's article is published in Bulge Bugle

Col Joe Dougherty's article

was published in Bulge Bugle


     Frank J. Smollon of K/393 sends along information on the late Col. Joseph F. Dougherty, shared by his brother Bob Dougherty.

     His brother visited Hawaii and took a photo of the colonel's gravestone in the Punchbowl Cemetery near Diamond Head on Oahu. Many will recall that Joe was regular in attendance at 99th conventions, often winning the "from farthest away" award but removed himself from contention for that prize.

     Smollon is an engineer who from April to October was busy doing about 500 hours on one single task at the Sparrows Point Shipyard — consisting of engineering analysis on the cause of a major failure on the propulsion shafting system on a large liquefied natural gas carrier that Baltimore Industries had repaired in 1999.

     The ship had a DeLaval steam turbine, built at Newport News in 1974. Frank said new methods of propulsion put him in another age. He is concerned that so many of the major power plants are no longer manufactured in the USA.

     Col. Dougherty wrote an article for the Bulge Bugle on Gen. Omar Bradley's "Thoughts." The article was thought provoking.

     Dougherty served in the 99th during World War II, and in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Among his numerous awards were the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster. He also was a Prisoner of War in World War II, captured during the Battle of the Bulge in Europe.

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