uss lexington cv-16
It is our
duty to keep the memory of WWII alive
and honor those who served! I am honored to do
Hello, I am Patty Cannon Johnson the
daughter of Riley (R.C.) Cannon who served on
the Lexington during WWII along with his
shipmates. I dedicate this web site to my Dad
(My Hero) and his fellow shipmates that helped
save our country and our freedom. WWII was a
War that had to be won. I hope you enjoy your
News: Visit our new
Lexington Forum! Re-connect
with old crewmates, share stories, pictures
Thomas J. Friday, Jr.,
91, of Springhouse Estates, passed away on
October 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of
Eleanor (Baltz) Friday for 65 years. Thomas was born in
on September 9, 1923
to the late Thomas J., Sr. and Esther (Steiner) Friday.
Thomas served his country with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific
Theater during WWII as a Fighter Pilot and Landing Signal
Officer aboard the USS Lexington. A
University alumnus, he had a career
as a Manufacturers Sales Representative for his company
Thomas J. Friday, Inc. Thomas enjoyed gardening, dancing and
big band music. He was also a skilled craftsman, metalworker
and had a keen interest in electronics.
Along with his wife
Eleanor, he is survived by his children: Richard Friday
(Joanne) of Rhode Island,
Pamela Friday of Lansdale; a sister Phoebe Wald of WA. He
was predeceased by his brother Daniel Friday. Services were
held privately. Memorial donations may be made in his name
to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517
Topeka, KS 66675.
www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx. Condolences may
be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.
I Patty Cannon, webmaster
of this website had the pleasure and honor to have known him. He flew my
Dad's F6F Hellcat #13. The crew always joked about Friday flying off in
#13. He was a wonderful contributor to this website. I am sure many
people and I share the loss of such an honorable and wonderful man.
Riley (R.C.) Cannon
Bakersfield and Lake Isabella, California, passed away,
July 17, 2013 at the age of 87 at
his home with his loving family at his bedside. He was born
on October 29, 1925 to John Cecil
Cannon and Ruby Hazel (Ashlock). He was married to Maxine
Anderson on January 3, 1947.
He was the 4th Great Grandson of Colonel John
Canon who served in the revolutionary war and founded the
The Canon family came to the
R.C served in the US Navy during
WWII on the USS Lexington CV-16 as a Plane Captain. He was
injured by the propeller of an F6F Hellcat which injured his
hand, elbow, shoulder and head. He was medically discharged.
After a very long convalescence, R.C. worked and retired as
a Journeyman Carpenter with 60 ½ years as a member of the
Carpenters Local 743. He and Maxine built 2 family
houses, one in
and one in
He was a highly intelligent man
who had family and many friends who shared his passion for
working and restoring classic and antique cars. He raced
cars (Jalopies) in
Bakersfield in the
1950’s. He was a self taught machinist. He was a
perfectionist with everything he accomplished and there
weren’t many things that he couldn’t accomplish.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; his brother Raymond Edward Cannon and wife Jackie;
and his best buddy Bill Heyart, who was also his son-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, of 66
years, Maxine (Anderson) Cannon; his sister Betty (Cannon)
Johnson and husband Buck Johnson of Los Molinos, CA; 4
children, Carol (Cannon)and husband Ken Yates, of South
Lake, CA; Chris (Cannon) Heyart, of Bakersfield, CA; and
Paty (Cannon) (Vido) Johnson and husband Gary Johnson, of
Bakersfield, CA; Riley Cecil Cannon Jr. and wife Cyndy
(Thurman) Cannon of Bakersfield, CA.
He is also survived by 7
grandchildren, Stephanie (Yates) Lawson; Tonya (Heyart)
Eagle; Bill Heyart III; Tammy (Vido) McGuire; Kristin (Vido)
Ackerman; Riley Cannon; and Tyler Cannon ; 17 great
grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.