From a contemporary press report
Michael Joseph Hanley Jr., 82, a Navy Captain and aviator who retired as a deputy chief of staff for operations in the office of the Navy commander in chief in Europe, died March 14, 2001, at Arlington Hospital. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Captain Hanley, an Arlington resident, served in the Navy for 30 years. He was assigned to a cruiser at Pearl Harbor but survived the Japanese attack that helped launch World War II when his ship was inadvertently kept out of port.
He was executive officer of the destroyer Dashiell in Okinawa during World War II and commander of the destroyer Scroggins in New London, Connecticut, after the war. He spent most of the rest of his career in aviation, piloting blimps, jets and helicopters.
He commanded attack squadrons and served as operations officer aboard the carrier Roosevelt. He also commanded a jeep carrier craft that delivered President John F. Kennedy's helicopters to Germany during his visit to Berlin.
He retired from active military duty in 1970 while stationed in London and remained there until 1982.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit.
Captain Hanley was a native of Washington and a graduate of Western High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, where he also was captain of the basketball team his senior year. He received a master's degree in business from George Washington University.
He was a member of the Army Navy Country Club. His interests included golf, tennis and bridge.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam Hanley of Arlington; two daughters, Michele Putnam Hanley of Arlington and Susan Taylor of Nashville; and two grandchildren.
HANLEY, MICHAEL J. (CAPT. US NAVY RET.)
On Wednesday March 14, 2001 of Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of Miriam Hanley; father of Susan Taylor, of Nashville, TN and Michele Hanley, of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 8:45 a.m. at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, Arlington, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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