T. Moran, Jr.
1920 - 2012
Published in Norwich Bulletin on November 15, 2012
Brooklyn - George T.
Moran, Jr., 92, of Canterbury St., died Sunday, November 11, 2012, in
Pierce Memorial Baptist Home.
He was the loving husband of the late Constance (Dee) Moran. Born in Putnam,
he was the son of the late George T. Moran, Sr. and Lucy (Blair) Moran.
Mr. Moran was raised in Dayville and was an avid fly-fisherman, learning
at a young age and continued all throughout his adult life. He was an
alter boy at St. Joseph's Church in Dayville. He attended the Killingly
School system graduating from Killingly High, and Putnam Trade School
with two diplomas. George also skipped over the third grade moving up
to the forth grade.
He was very active playing baseball. He played semi-pro as a left handed
pitcher for a number of teams in Eastern CT, and Rhode Island and also
signed with the Boston Red Sox. In 1940 he went out to training camp in
Ohio. His pitching arm gave out due to all the "unsupervised"
hand pitching in his youth.
After his injury, not wanting to return home, he joined the United States
Navy in August of 1940. George graduated from Navy boot camp with honors.
Upon graduating, he was selected to take a company of recruits through
boot camp as their leader. When his new company graduated, he paraded
them past the reviewing stand. He did this in front of the then president
of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt who was the guest of honor.
After graduation, he volunteered for duty out in the Pacific which was
called "China Duty." George did some pitching for Navy Teams
at Pearl Harbor prior to the bombing on December 7, 1941. The fleet that
he was attached to out in the pacific area were bombed on December 8,
1941, the day after Pearl Harbor.
He served out in the Western Pacific for close to four years. He served
on the U.S.S. Minneapolis, U.S.S. Black Hawk, and U.S.S. Secbec (A0-87)
a lot of this time was spent at sea. His last ship was the U.S.S. Franklin
D. Roosevelt (CVB 42) New Construction at Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.
He was honorably discharged on August 1, 1946. He was awarded the Good
Conduct Medal, American Area Victory Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Three
Stars. He attained the rank of SK1C, Storekeeper First Class.
After his Honorable Discharge in 1946, he enrolled in the G.I. Bill and
started his management and supervisory skills. He was in management in
the following companies: Belding and Hemminway, American Thread, General
Instruments, Duracell, J.M. Huber Lumber Company, Capehart, and the Hartford
Courant. He never wanted to retire, so he worked up until the age of ninety.
He married Constance E. Dee in 1942. They were married for 62 years until
she predeceased him in 2004.
George is survived by his children, Retired Master Chief (U.S.N) George
T. Moran, III and his wife Faith of Ashford, CT, Linda Williams of Monson
MA, Michele Ciavola of East Longmeadow, MA, Michael Moran of Danielson,
CT, and Rachel Caron and her husband Terry of Wytopitlock, ME; his thirteen
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Timothy T. Moran.
Services with full military honors will be private.
Gilman Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.