MIGHTY NINETY

Eugene Martin Moriarty
Fireman 1st Class, M Division, USS ASTORIA 1944-1946



Mighty Ninety plankowner Gene Moriarty.  This photo appears to have been taken circa September 1945 following USS ASTORIA's return stateside from the Pacific.  Moriarty's service ribbons match other CL-90 plankowners during this period--American Theater ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with four bronze service stars, and the Philippine Liberation ribbon with one star.
-photo courtesy of Kathleen Moriarty



Eugene "Gene" Moriarty was born July 4th, 1926 in Waterbury, CT.  He entered the U.S. Navy in March 1944 and attended recruit training at the Naval Training Station in Sampson, NY.  He mustered with the ship's complement at Newport, RI.

According to his Notice of Separation, his service record then followed the USS ASTORIA's history through the end of the war.  He was honorably discharged in May 1946.

Gene was my uncle and godfather.  He passed away on October 7th, 1958 when I was seven years old.  I still remember his loving nature and sense of humor.  Thank you, Uncle Gene.

-submitted in tribute by Kathleen Moriarty



F1/c Gene Moriarty circa 1946.  A WWII Victory ribbon has been added to his uniform.
-photo courtesy of Kathleen Moriarty



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