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Mac Gregory
21 December 2014

In loving memory of Mac Gregory
9 February 1922 - 27 August 2014.

This site is dedicated to all "Who went down to the sea in ships" in World War 2, in whatever capacity they may have served the cause of freedom, but especially to the Eighty Four Officers and Men who died in H.M.A.S. Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island, on the 9th of August, 1942. 

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Here are the latest 12 articles.  See the article listletters archive, or site map to see all of them or to get your bearings. Links to the main features are in the right hand column. If you can't find what you are looking for, try this search page. There is also a search link on each page. 

Sadly Missed by the Naval Community - David Blazey, Naval Officers Club Committee

Mac was a wonderful supporter of the Victorian Division activities, and especially to the Victorian Chapter of he Naval Historical Society. Read the article.

A Wonderful Gentleman - Peter Whitelaw, Chairman – Gallipoli Oaks Project Committee

He was an active member of our Advisory Committee and we appreciated his insight and enthusiasm. Read the article.

Great Man RIP - Marcus Fielding

May this great man rest in peace. Read the article.

Farewell good and trusted friend - Rex Williams

CDR Mackenzie Gregory RAN Rtd was my colleague, trusted friend and mentor. To say that I will miss him in the years ahead is an understatement! Read the article.

My tribute to Mac - John Shannon

I am ex RAAF and know little of the Navy. I met Mac when he was ADC to Governor General McKell.... I was Secretary of a Canberra Hockey Club and Mac approached me about joining the club. Read the article.

Tribute: Vale - Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Jesse Gregory, Royal Australian Navy (Retired)

Click to read article“It was 1.43 a.m. when it all started. I could see six Japanese cruisers plus a destroyer 3,000 yards away blasting away at us with 8 inch guns and torpedos.” He remembers saying – “My God, this is bloody awful.” More than 80 Australian sailors died or were mortally wounded as Japanese shells slammed into the ship, which caught fire and was later scuttled. Clutching his Officer of the Watch issued binoculars he would lucidly tell the story some 70 years later and conclude with the reflection “I was very fortunate.”  Read the article.

Tribute: "Rewarding Friendship" from Terry Kearns, USA

Working with him for the last 13 years has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. Though we never in person except via two phone calls, I consider him a close friend. Read the article.

A Tribute to Mackenzie Gregory from Sandy Nelson, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Mac helped me a tremendous amount with the research for my children’s book ... It was very special to me that I was able to dedicate my story to Mac, and to meet him and his wife Denise when my family and I visited Melbourne in 2011. Read the article.

From the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral T. W. Barrett AO, CSC RAN

I am delighted to know that the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia will continue on and I am honoured to accept your invitation to be the Foundation's patron. Read the article.

Mac Gregory’s long held dream to erect a naval memorial to eventuate

Click to read more.Visitors to Ahoy will recall that many years ago Mac announced that he had founded the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc. with one of its purposes being to commission artists to create a statue to commemorate and symbolize all Naval personnel in Victoria.

Louis Laumen has commenced work on the clay model and it is anticipated that the bronze statue will take approximately eight months to complete. Mac had hoped to unveil it in mid April 2015, prior to the Centenary of ANZAC.

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Goodbye Mac - Mackenzie J. Gregory (9 February 1922  - 27 August 2014)

Mac Gregory, R.I.P click to read moreMac Gregory’s family wishes to advise his many friends and legion of Ahoy followers that Mac died on August 27th, 2014.

We have created a new email and welcome your tributes and remembrances. ahoy.weblog@gmail.com

 

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A Tale of Two Stories, Correcting the injustice done to Eric Geddes, R. A. A. F.

The following article concerns two stories, one is true and one is false. The true story is told by Eric Geddes, Royal Australian Air Force and the accuracy is confirmed by Captain Emile I. Bonnot, United States Navy.The false story is told by Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, United States Navy. Read the article.

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A site Bismarck and the effort to present crew members in portraits and biographical sketches

A new site about the Bismarck and the effort to present crew members in
portraits and biographical sketches in German and English

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* 21 December 2014 - Sadly Missed by the Naval Community - David Blazey, Naval Officers Club Committee:

* 21 December 2014 - A Wonderful Gentleman - Peter Whitelaw, Chairman – Gallipoli Oaks Project Committee:

* 14 December 2014 - Great Man RIP - Marcus Fielding:

* 07 December 2014 - Farewell good and trusted friend - Rex Williams:

* 30 November 2014 - My tribute to Mac - John Shannon:

* 26 November 2014 - Tribute: Vale - Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Jesse Gregory, Royal Australian Navy (Retired):

* 16 November 2014 - From the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral T. W. Barrett AO, CSC RAN:

* 16 November 2014 - Tribute: "Rewarding Friendship" from Terry Kearns, USA:

* 16 November 2014 - A Tribute to Mackenzie Gregory from Sandy Nelson, Aotearoa, New Zealand:

* 11 November 2014 - Mac Gregory’s long held dream to erect a naval memorial to eventuate:

* 11 November 2014 - Goodbye Mac - Mackenzie J. Gregory (9 February 1922  - 27 August 2014):

* 06 September 2014 - Survivors from Athenia rescued by Royal Navy destroyers, Escort, Electra and Fame, and landed at Gourock on the Clyde, Scotland:

* 06 September 2014 - I have been asked to identify these 4 County Class cruisers:

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: William Turner was a merchant seaman, a steward on this SS Ramillies and he was lost presumed drowned on 8th May 1941

* 06 September 2014 - Trilogy of The War At Sea. Written and self published by Mackenzie Gregory.:


 

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