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George Garmon
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George R.
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1925 - 2018
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Obituary for George R. Garmon Jr.

George R.  Garmon Jr.
Tin Can Sailor

Mr. George R. Garmon, Jr. of Nashua, died October 3, 2018 in Nashua, aged 93 years. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Fielder) Garmon, whom he married on September 12, 1948.

Born in Lowell, February 21, 1925, a son of the late George R. Sr. and Marion (Estabrook) Garmon, and lived in Tyngsboro most of his life.

Most proud of his family’s Navy background having had a father who served as a Naval Aviator during World War I, and grandfather who was a Flag Officer with Admiral George Dewey, Mr. Garmon enlisted in the United States Navy during his junior year in High School. He served two and half years in the Pacific during World War II, assigned to the destroyer USS Mugford DD389, under the command of Admiral Raleigh Burke. He participated in some of the major naval battles of WWII, including Guadalcanal, Midway, New Guinea, Marianas, Turkey Shoot First, and second battles off the Philippine Sea, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, and invasions of Bonin Islands, the Marianas Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Guam Marshal Island, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Bikini, Caroline Islands, Yap, Palau, Peleliu Island, Philippine Islands, Battles of Leyte Gulf Ormoc Bay and Surigao Straight. The USS Mugford suffered a bomb hit in the Battle for Guadalcanal, another at the Battle for New Guinea, as well as a Kamakazi crashing incident in the Philippines, but was still able to sail proudly into Nagasaki, Japan, three weeks following the atomic bomb drop, to aid in the freeing of the United States prisoners of war. Mr. Garmon was awarded a WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with four battle Stars, a Philippine Liberation Medal with two Battle Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation, an Asiatic Occupation Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon and a good conduct medal.

Following his military service, he returned to the greater Lowell area, and was employed by New England Telephone Company for thirty-three years, as a lineman, installer, and repairman.

Mr. Garmon was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Lowell for many years, and also belonged to the Ancient York Masonic Lodge. An active Veteran’s advocate, he held memberships in the Edith North Rogers Chapter DAV #25, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10333, Tyngsboro, the Tin Can Sailors, and was a “Plank Owner” of the United States Navy Memorial. He also belonged to the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was the father of the late Gail A. Garmon.

It being his wishes, funeral services were private. Arrangements in the care of MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.
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