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It is our duty to keep the memory of WWII  alive and honor those who served! I am honored to do that!




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 visit.



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Tom Friday


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 Philadelphia, PA 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 Temple 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. Condolences may be made at


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


of Bakersfield and Lake Isabella, California, passed away, on July 17, 2013 at the age of 87 at his home with his loving family at his bedside. He was born in Sweetwater, Texas, 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 town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The Canon family came to the United States from Ireland.


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 Bakersfield and one in Lake Isabella, California.


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.



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