Lefty Sheehan: Our War Hero

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10 Responses

  1. Susan Gardiner says:


    Thank you for posting this great story about Lefty. He has been an unsung hero.

    Good job on the extensive research. We are grateful to learn more about that fateful day and the bravery it took to fly those missions.

    Part of the story we heard as children was especially sad: Lefty was due for a furlough when he volunteered to take someone else’s place as part of this final mission.

    Susie Sandless Gardiner

  2. Paula Murray says:

    Thanks Greg 👍🏻

  3. Maria says:

    Beautifully written and an enjoyable read.
    Thanks, Greg Kelly.
    🇺🇸God Bless Lefty Sheehan🇺🇸
    🇺🇸God Bless America🇺🇸

  4. Jon Dray says:

    Hi. Thanks fro the posting this story. I’m trying to find out about the crew as I have Howard A Bohn’s PH — but sadly no photo.

  5. Owen says:

    Hi Greg. I wish you would do the same thing for Uncle Harold Murphy — would love to know what he flew. I guess everything you can find about his time in the war. Was also wondering if Uncle Mike Sheehan wound pen a story “a day at the Res.” Always wondered how they did it all?

  6. James Robertshaw says:

    Many thanks for the story and research. My mother is Lefty’s oldest sister, Peg Loughlin Robertshaw. I am very proud to be one of the nephews named in his honor.

    My father, David Robertshaw, flew in Army B-26s. From 1972 until 1977, I also was in US Army aviation, now we all share Army Aviation Wings.

    James Edward Robertshaw

  7. Patsy sheehan says:

    Thanks, Greg. Great article.

  8. Liz Sheehan says:

    I remember Lefty always smiling like his father, my Uncle Jim. I was very young when he died but I remember both he and his brother Billy who was in the Infantry. Although my brothers, George and Jack, were also in the service, in the Pacific, I don’t recall much discussion about them. Probably because my parents talked about them when “the little kids” were not around.

    I do remember keeping a scrape book in which I pasted headlines about the war and showing it to my father. I also recall very vividly the days the war ended, in Europe and in the Pacific.

  9. James Edward Sheehan IV says:

    Thank you for this. I have always wondered about the story behind the Purple Heart my father keeps. The name lives on with my son, James Edward Sheehan, V

  10. Betsy Sheehan says:

    Thank you Greg. My father, Philip, was Lefty’s brother. My father’s and mother’s first born son is named, James Edward Sheehan. I feel so lucky to be part of such a grand family

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