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Christening of Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29)


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Richard M. McCool Jr. (1922-2008)

U.S. Navy Captain Richard M. McCool Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient, is the heroic namesake of the Navy’s 13th San Antonio (LPD 17) class amphibious landing platform dock.

While serving as a Lieutenant aboard a landing support craft, June 10, 1945, McCool observed a kamikaze attack by enemy Japanese aircraft near Okinawa. He and his crew secured their ship to the battered, sinking destroyer, USS William D. Porter (DD-579) to rescue survivors.

The suicide planes later attacked McCool’s own ship. His crew shot several down before one exploded on the ship. Burned and wounded from shrapnel, McCool marshalled his crew to fight the fire and rescue trapped sailors. His rescue efforts took place exactly 77 years prior to the day the Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) will be christened.


Ms. Shana McCool

Shana McCool is the granddaughter of Richard McCool and Elaine McCool.  Shana was born in Edmond, Oklahoma and was raised in Gig Harbor, Washington.  She attended the University of Portland and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Shana She worked in Portland, Oregon before accepting a position with Army National Guard and moving to Northern Virginia in 2009.  She currently works for the Department of the Army as a DoD Civilian for Expeditionary Energy and Sustainment Systems (E2S2) under the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS).

Shana and her husband, Garth, currently live in Bristow, Virginia and have two children, son Declan (8) and daughter Parker (4).  Shana, as well as her cousin Kate, have both been named as sponsors and are deeply honored to be part of this momentous occasion in commemorating their grandfather’s legacy.





Ms. Kate Oja

Kate Oja is the granddaughter of Richard Miles McCool, Jr. and the daughter of Carolyn McCool and Juri Oja.  She was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, with her brother Nicholas Oja.  She attended law school at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada and was called to the bar in 2010. Kate currently lives in Canada’s far north, practicing as a criminal defense lawyer throughout the Northwest Territories.

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