Sailor Information


 


Date reported to the Boston: 1943-08-06 | See Original Document
Notes on arrival: R/S Boston, Mass

Date left from the Boston: 1945-12-26 | See Original Document
Notes on departure: Sasebo Japan FFT



Promotions for this

1944-03-01 Promotion to: Seaman 1st Class (S1c) | See Original Document Comments:
1944-10-01 Promotion to: Distribution Store Keeper 3rd Class (SKD3c) | See Original Document Comments:
1945-11-01 Promotion to: Distribution Store Keeper 2nd Class (SKD2c) | See Original Document Comments:

Deck Log Notes for this


Milestones for this

Sailor served outside the Continental Limits of the United States on March 5, 1944
Sailor participated in the Marshall Islands Campaign from 29 Jan 44 to 7 Feb 44
Sailor participated in the capture and occupation of ENIWETOK from 15 Feb 1 to 1 Mar 1944
Crossed the equator 9 Mar 1944 and participated in the initiation ceremonies held by Neptunus Rex and his royal party
Sailor participated in attacks against PALAU and Western Caroline Islands from 30 Mar to April 1st 1944
Sailor participated in attacks and occupation of HOLLANDIA and NORTHWESTERN NEW GUINEA on 21-27 April, and subsequent attacks on TRUK and the bombardment of SATAWAN ISLAND on 23-30 April 1944
Sailor participated in attacks on the MARCUS ISLANDS 19-20 May and the attack on WAKE ISLAND on 23 May 1944
Sailor participated in the engagement and rout of a major Japanese task force in the waters east of the Philippines during the period 17-21 June 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on GUAM and ROTA ISLANDS (Marianas Group) on 11-13 June, and the attacks on IWO JIMA, CHICHI JIMA, and HAHA JIMA (Bonin Island group) on 15-16 June 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on PAGAN ISLANDS and IWO JIMA (Bonin Island group) on 23-24 June 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in bombardment of IWO JIMA on 4 July 1944 while USS BOSTON WAS A UNIT of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on GUAM and ROTA during the period 6-20 July 1944, and subsequently in operations in support of the invasion of GUAM during the period 21-22 July 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on PALAU ISLANDS during the period 25-27 July 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on PALAU ISLANDS during the period 6-8 September 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 38.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on CELEBES ISLANDS and the operations in support of the landing on MOROTAI ISLANDS during the period 15-16 September 1944, While the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 38.1
Sailor participated in the attacks LUZON during the period 21-22 September 1944 and the attacks on the VISAYAN GROUP (Philippine Islands) on 24 September 1944, while the USS Boston was a unit of task group 38.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on NANSEI SHOTO ISLANDS on 10 October 1944, While USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 38.1

 

Biography

John Joseph Gregory was born on August 24, 1924 in Brooklyn NY. His parents were Catherine McCormick and John Gregory who died when John was two years old due to injuries suffered during WWI. John's only brother was Harold. John married Janet Della Rocca in 1955 and they moved to Merrick NY. Their five children are Susan, Cathy, Nancy, Lisa and John. John worked as a NYPD officer for over 20 years after which he retired to Oceanside, San Diego California with his family.

He always loved swimming and being near the ocean which is surprising since during his time on the USS Boston he was left behind on an atoll after a shore leave. He had been swimming and did not realized his fellow sailors had returned to the ship! He spent hours in the unrelenting sun until they returned for him and was immediately taken for medical treatment due to severe sunburn.

John died in Oceanside CA surrounded and loved by his family on January 13, 1994.