John Michael Attey

Navy Badge
  • Name: John Michael Attey
  • Location of Birth: East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Date of Birth: March 31, 1942
  • Date of Death: September 12, 2019 (77 years old)
  • Parents: Hutton E. Attey and Katherine E. (Klippert) Attey
  • High School and Class: East St. Louis Senior High School
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: RD2 (Radarman Petty Officer 2nd Class) E-5
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: April 16, 1961
  • Place Sworn In: East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Date of Discharge: April 16, 1965
  • Place of Discharge: Long Beach, California
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    April, 1961 July, 1961 Basic Training - San Diego, California
    July, 1961 March, 1962 Radar School (A) - San Francisco, California
    March, 1962 July, 1962 USS Ernest G. Small DD-838
    July, 1962 April, 1965 USS Topeka CLG8
  • Military Awards:
    Good Conduct Medal
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Vietnam

  • Military Highlights:
    The USS Topeka was the task force command ship with USS Maddox and Turner Joy which was attacked by North Vietnam gun boats. The next day, the United States declared war on North Vietnam and I was on board in 1964.

    John served from 1961-1965 as a proud sailor on the USS Topeka.

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Conflict

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    John was a proud United States Navy Veteran and was very patriotic. He loved his job of 35 years working for Simplex/Tyco. He drove over two million miles and went through many company cars without any accidents.

    John married Sandra White on January 30, 2010. He was a member of the Community Bible Chapel in Cohasset, Minnesota. John was the past commander of the American Legion in Milan, Missouri and a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Milan, Missouri.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jean Attey. John is survived by his wife, Sandra (White) Attey; children, Michele (Chad) Mathis, Pamela (Matt Roenfanz) Attey, John Attey, Michael (Lisa) Warhover; nine grandchildren; his mother and father-in-law, Robert and Jean White; and many other relatives and friends.

    Buried in Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville, Missouri.

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