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Colonel John F. O’Grady; The Two Bracelets

The Two Bracelets My father, Colonel John F. O’Grady was listed as Missing In Action in 1967 after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam and he parachuted into enemy territory. As the years passed and I still lived … Continue reading

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Colonel John F. O’Grady; Part 8: Return of the Prisoners

Nothing can produce emotion, passion and controversy like war. How could anyone ever forget the scene of a returning POW from Vietnam kissing the ground as he first set foot on U.S. soil after years of captivity, and the thrill … Continue reading

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Colonel John F. O’Grady A Lost Hero

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Colonel John O’Grady Part 6: Danny Boy

One of John O’Grady‘s favorite songs was, “O Danny Boy” Once he realized he would be going to war, he sang this special tune to his youngest child, my little brother, Danny O’Grady.  He would sit each night on 3 year … Continue reading

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Colonel John O’Grady Part 5: The Parents

HE WAS THEIR ONLY CHILD   John Martin O’Grady and Fraces V. O’Grady were the parents of Colonel O’Grady. They were both born at the turn of the 20th century and were married for over 55 years.  They dreamed of … Continue reading

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Colonel John O’Grady Part 4: The Phone Call

When we loose a loved on we cling to recollections of the soothing  sound of their voice, thoughts conveyed on a piece of paper or an  image seared in our mind of a final hug, kiss or smile.  Lasting impressions … Continue reading

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Colonel John O’Grady; A Soldier’s Daughter

On April 10, 1967 Col. O’Grady scribbled a letter to his 6 year old daughter, Tara. In his hurry to conclude, he had a mission to complete, he wrote, “Daddy is flying a lot and the more he flies the … Continue reading

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The Story of Colonel John O’Grady POW/MIA

John O’Grady was born on August 31, 1929 in New Hyde Park, New York to Irish immigrants. He attended La Salle High School, a prestigious, private Military Academy. He attained the top ranking of his class, reaching the top ten … Continue reading

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