CDR Dennis Vincent Dougherty, USN (Retired) passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in New Orleans at the age of 79. Mr. Dougherty was a native of Hoboken, New Jersey and a New Orleans resident for the last 37 years. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Valerie McGee Dougherty. Son of the late Dr. Dennis J. Dougherty and Alma Getchas Dougherty of Middletown, New Jersey. Survived by his sons Marc C. Dougherty (Heather Bruno Dougherty) and Craig S. Dougherty. Brother Michael J. Dougherty of New York City. Grandchildren Carlin Marguerite Dougherty, Marc Christopher Dougherty, Jr., Dennis Heath Dougherty, Breck E. Dougherty, and Sam S. Dougherty. Mr. Dougherty was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey where he was a member of the 1954 State Champion football team and became first team All-State selection in 1955. He earned his B.S. in 1960 from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he also played football. He retired from the United States Navy; he proudly served his country at sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade and saw more than 68 combat operations during the Vietnam War as part of the famed “River Rats.” He was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, the Navy Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross among many others. Known affectionately as Papa Den, Mr. Dougherty was a mainstay at youth recreational parks wherever he lived and he coached youth sports for many years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, starting at 9:30 AM, followed by a Memorial Mass in the j. Garic Schoen Chapel at 11:00 AM.
Posted in: Times-Picayune
Posted on: 2017-12-24
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