Stan Essex

In Memoriam: Volunteer and Korean War Veteran Stanley H. Essex, Jr.

On a cool and rainy April morning at the RI Veterans Cemetery, family and friends said goodbye to dedicated volunteer Stan Essex. Virtually single-handedly, Stan restored our “Ted Williams Airplane”, a Korean War era F9F Panther. Earlier, he restored the Hellcat for the Quonset Air Museum. More details of his life and a detailed article…

Remembering Governor Bruce Sundlun, 1920-2011

JFK project leadership and volunteers join the rest of Rhode Island in mourning the July 21st death of former Governor Bruce Sundlun, whose last major project commitment was to lead the local fundraising effort to bring USS John F. Kennedy to Narragansett Bay. Sundlun, a WWII B-17 bomber pilot, was a member of the inaugural…

Former CV-67 Skipper John Mitchell Dies

Retired Navy Captain John Mitchell was the seventh Commanding Officer of USS John F. Kennedy, from November of 1975 to May of 1977. He passed away in Virginia Beach, VA on Memorial Day, May 30. Our sincere condolences go out to his family. Link to his full obituary and the guest book here.

Malcolm Craig

In Memoriam: Senior Chief Malcolm L. Craig, US Navy (1927-2006)

Malcolm Craig was born in Charlotte, Maine and enlisted in the Navy in 1943 at age 16. After receiving navigation  training he became a Loran (Long Range Navigation) specialist. (Loran is an accurate radio navigational system used by a ship or aircraft to confirm or to determine its geographical position.) By the time he retired…