U.S.S. Orion (AS-18)

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U.S.S. Orion (AS-18)

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USS Orion


World War, 1939-1945


The USS Orion between 1970 and 1979. The second Orion (AS-18) was laid down on July 31, 1941, at the Moore Dry Dock Comaony, in Oakland, California, launched on June 24 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. White, and commissioned on September 30, 1943.

A notable soldier who served on the ship was Sheldon Paul McCloskey (1919-1996). Born to James and Dessie McCloskey on April 15, 1919, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Sheldon worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company with his father as a railcar builder after graduating high school. He registered for the World War II draft on October 16, 1940, but eventually enlisted in the United States Navy on June 3, 1944. During his time in the Navy, he served on two submarine tender ships: the USS Orion and the USS Sperry. McCloskey left the Navy on February 15, 1946. After the war, he retuned to Washington DC and joined the Marine Corps reserve squadron VMF-321, achieving the rank of Sargent. McCloskey died on November 1, 1996, and is memorialized in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


McPherson, Donald M.


Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph.


Naval History and Heritage Command

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ca. 1970 to 1979




283 KB


1 black and white photograph


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History Teacher


Originally created by Donald M. McPherson and published by the Naval History and Heritage Command.

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Campbell, Tyler
Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.