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Ashe County Veterans History Project: Jack Lynch

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Jack Lynch's Story

Jack D. Lynch graduated from boot camp on his eighteenth birthday, September 26, 1955, at Great Lakes, Illinois.

After boot camp, Lynch volunteered for aviation and was assigned to the VP-56 Patrol Squadron at N.A.S. Norfolk, VA.

During his time in the service, Lynch worked as a mechanic on Martin P5M Sea Planes.

VP-56 was the first squadron to operate on the Mediterranean Sea in 1956, assisted by the USS Currituck (AV-7), which was converted to sea plane tender. He was assigned to Plane Crew #11 as the first mechanic in February 1957.

"I thank God for each day," says Lynch.

Lynch transferred to a Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Maryland, in July 1957. He worked on jet aircraft such as the F8U, which took pictures of missiles in Cuba.

Lynch was honorably discharged on September 25, 1958, one day before his twenty-first birthday. He married his sweetheart Eva Anderson on February 14, 1959. They have one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Lynch is a member of the American Legion Post-275 in Lansing, North Carolina.

"I thank God for each day," says Lynch.