William L. Healy
by Tucker HealyWilliam L. Healy my grandfather was in the United States Navy. He joined the military from May 1941 until June 1946. He was in the Navy for the duration of World War II. He entered the Navy directly after graduating from Harvard. He had to wear his uniform under his gown and had to go right after the ceremony, he couldn't even celebrate for long. He was stationed first on a submarine that was heading down to the Panama Canal. He was in the decoder room when he received a message and he decoded it and it said , "air raid on Pearl , air raid on Pearl , this is no drill , execute Rainbow number five on orange forces." He then went to the safe and got out the plan Rainbow number five and brought it up to the captain and showed him the message he received from the chief of operations. My grandfather also saved the life of George Bush Sr. He was on the USS Healy and spotted an American plane that was shot down. He then called for the rescue team to get him and they went and rescued him before the enemy could capture him. He was stationed mainly on a ship the USS Healy which he asked to be stationed on.
He was not in many of the main battles although he was in battles they called the island hopping campaign which was when the United States simply went from island to island taking them over and working their way to the Philippines. Some of the islands they attacked on their way to the Philippines were The Palau Islands and the Marianas Islands. Then they liberated the Philippines just 2 years after they were taken away from the USA. 750 ships were involved in the Liberation of the Philippines and the USS Healy was one of those ships.
AchievementsFor his accomplishments during this war he was awarded 5 medals , the World War II medal , The Pacific theater medal , the Liberation of the Philippines medal and 2 others that are unknown. The three medals that we know of are down below. Most of the battles he was in were successful battles for the United States especially the battles after the battle of Midway because that was the turning point in the war. Without my grandfather we would have no President Bush . My grandfather is a hero to me and played an important role in World War II.
World War II Medal
Liberation of the Philippines Medal Pacific Theater Medal
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Interview with James Healy about William L. Healy. 10 December 2005.