Jul 18, 2017

TAPS: CAPT JAMES W. KEHOE, USN-Ret.

CAPT JAMES W. KEHOE,  USN-Ret.  

A Cold War Navy sleuth whose 10 year effort to determine the capabilities and threat posed by the large, modern Soviet warships being built during the decades of the 1960-1970 Cold War, will be buried July 27, 2017 in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
A resident of Lanham, MD, since 1971, Captain Kehoe was born in 1928, and brought up in Fall River, MA, and Newport, RI. He enlisted in the Regular Navy in 1946, after the end of WW II, at age 17.
 
Jim loved his country - serving in the Navy for 36 years, his last ten at Naval Sea Systems Command. His decade-long contributions to understanding the threat posed by the new Soviet warships were recognized at retirement in 1982 with the award of the Navy's Legion of Merit and Distinguished Service Medal, the American Society of Naval Engineer's Gold Medal in Engineering, and the Naval Intelligence Command designating him an Intelligence Sub-specialist. Other career awards were the World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal, and Joint Services Commendation Medal.
 
Jim was a leader - he was president of the 1952 first class at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. In 1970, he was assigned as Captain of the destroyer USS John R. Pierce in Brooklyn, NY.

He took great pride in his family. The love of his life, his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Murphy Kehoe, died of Alzheimer's at age 82 in 2010.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy and Patrick of Minneapolis, Professors of Economics at the University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, respectively , while his daughter Mary Kehoe Moynihan of Marstons Mills, MA, was Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Cape Cod Community College. He has ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His daughter Ann Kehoe of Bowie, MD, a registered nurse, died in 2010.

Individuals attending the burial should meet at the administration building at Arlington National Cemetery at 8:15 a.m. on July 27. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Visit/Getting-Here/Directions/Directions

Published in The Washington Post on July 16, 2017