7749. SN George Walter ACKLEY Jr was born on 18 December 1928 in Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States.1352,1390,1751,2307,3893 He appeared in the census between 1930 and 1940 in Maine. He was living in 1940 in Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States.2279 living with maternal grandmother George served in the military from 1946 to 1949 in the US Navy.1390 service # 209 66 80 On 1 October 1946 he served on the in USS Muir DE 770 3010 Kenneth Hart Muir, born 25 July 1916 in Brooklyn,
N.Y., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 23 September 1940 to
serve as apprentice seaman until he was appointed midshipman
14 February 1941. He died in action as officer in charge of
the U.S. Armed Guard on board liberty ship SS NATHANIEL
HAWTHORNE, sunk in the Caribbean 7 November 1942 by U-508.
Although severely wounded, he “ordered the three men near
him to leap clear... and then rushed back to help more... to
escape. He was still urging his gunners over the side when
the ship went down.” For his outstanding courage and
unselfish devotion to his men, Lieutenant (j.g.) Muir was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross.
Born in Rockland, he was a son of George W., Sr., and Lillian Shea Ackley. He was educated in Rockland schools.
From 1946 to 1949 he served in the United States Navy.
For more than 18 years he worked as a patrol officer with the Rockland Police Department and later worked more than 15 years at Fisher Engineering in Rockland.
A longtime member of the Knox County Republican Party, George enjoyed involvement in any political campaigns of his party.
He was particularly proud to be a 51-year member of Aurora Lodge of Masons, Rockland.
Pre-deceased by one daughter, Carol A. Ackley in 1991 and a sister Marguerite Wood in 1995, George is survived by his stepmother Olive Ackley of Whitneyville, three daughters Cynthia M. Ackley of Rockland, Karen L. Maxcy of Lexington Park, MD, Dianne Benner of Warren; three half-sisters Annie Schencks of Jonesboro, Beulah Stymiest of Brewer, Norma Haynie of Machias; two step-brothers Frank Ackley of Springfield, VA, Dale Ackley of New Lebanon, NY; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Center, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G&H, Nashua, NH 03063.
Displacement: 1,240 t.
Speed: 21 k.
Armament: 3 3”; 2 40mm; 10 20mm;
2 depth charge tracks;
8 depth charge projectors;
1 hedge hog
MUIR (DE-770) was laid down by Tampa Shipbuilding Co.,
Tampa, Fla., 1 June 1943; launched 4 June 1944; sponsored by
Mrs. Witten H. McConnochie, sister of the late Lieutenant
(jg.) Muir; and commissioned 30 August 1944, Lt. Comdr.
Theodore A. O'Gorman, USNR, in command.
Following shakedown off Bermuda, British West Indies,
MUIR operated as schoolship in the Chesapeake Bay area from
16 November into December. On 9 December, she sailed for
Europe, arriving off Gibraltar the 26th to begin a year of
convoy duty between the east coast and Mediterranean ports.
She also served as part of a "Killer Group," TG 22.13, so
called because the primary duty was to hunt and destroy
enemy submarines. Towards the end of the European war, MUIR
operated with TF 63 which stymied the German U-boats' final
thrust against Allied shipping in the North Atlantic.
When the news of Germany's surrender was received 8 May
1945, MUIR and her group began locating German submarines to
accept their surrender. On 10 May, she and destroyer escort
CARTER (DE-112) approached U-858 through a dense fog, her
black flag of surrender barely visible even at close range.
She was turned over to two other escort ships for delivery
to a U.S. port.
On 17 May, MUIR joined sister ship SUTTON (DE-771) in
escorting under guard publicized U-234, with high-ranking
Luftwaffe officers and men, plus German civilian technicians
on board, to Portsmouth, N.H., arriving 2 days later. The
escort ship continued on to New York City, mooring the 20th.
From 14 June, MUIR operated off Mayport, Fla. with
escort carrier GUADALCANAL (CVE-60), training carrier pilots
for Pacific duty until Japan surrendered in mid-August. On
27 August, she departed Mayport for Charleston Navy Yard,
Charleston, S.C., arriving a day later.
After visiting Houston, Tex., for Navy Day, 27 October,
she devoted November and December to a cruise testing
"SOFAR," a new long-range, air-sea rescue method. She
traveled 7,500 miles in the Atlantic dropping bombs for
naval ships in the Bahamas to pick up the sound waves and
plot the position of the DE as far away as Dakar, French
West Africa (now Senegal).
In March 1946, MUIR reactivated and was assigned to the
Operational Development Force, with Norfolk, Va., as her
homeport, for service into late 1947. In September 1947,
she decommissioned and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at
Green Cove Springs until 2 February 1956 when she was
delivered on loan under the Military Assistance Program to
the Republic of Korea at Boston Naval Shipyard. Struck from
the Navy list 1 July 1960, she continues into 1969 to serve
the South Korean Navy on loan as KYONG-KI (DE-71).
[Deleted from the South Korean Navy on 28 December
1977, KYONG-KI was taken over by the Philippines. Not
renamed or commissioned, she was (probably) used for spare
parts for other ships.
SN George Walter ACKLEY Jr and Virginia Frances BRACKETT were married on 28 February 1952 in Maine.2278,2307 Virginia Frances BRACKETT, daughter of Percy W BRACKETT and Marguerite LOWE, was born on 5 May 1931 in Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States.1751,3893 She died on 4 January 1999 at the age of 67 in Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States.1751,3893 Her Obituary appeared in the Portland Press Herald on 6 January 1999 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Obituary: Virginia Frances Ackley, 67, died Monday at her home.
SN George Walter ACKLEY Jr-3676 and Virginia Frances BRACKETT-3678 had the following children: