Fred Goynes Memorial Service Fund
Organized by: Lawrence Goynes
Please donate to help fund the funeral services of Lieutenent Commander Fred Goynes (US Navy, Ret). Any amount will help, small or large. Memorial services will be held at Porter Loring Morturary North in San Antonio, on Saturday, July 26, with visitation from 4-6 PM, followed by a rosary at 6 PM.
Fred's final resting place will be at Fort Sam Houston. Full military honors is schedule for Wednesday, July 30, at 11:15 AM, at Fort Sam.
Born in 1921 in Cavite, Philippines, Fred made his way to Hawaii at the age of 18 shorty before the Philippines were invaded by Japan during WWII.
Fred began working at the Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor as a shipfitter. On December 7, 1941, Fred woke to the sound of explosions. The Japanese had commenced their attack on Pearl Harbor. Fred then rushed to assist in the rescue efforts by pulling bodies out of the oily burning water.
Upon learning of his family's capture by the Japanese, blind determination and dedication had him enroll at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where Fred completed officer training in two years, and became a member of the original USMMA graduate class of 1943.
Fred then enlisted in the US Navy as an ensign. As fate would have it, Fred's first assignment was to join General Douglas MacArthur's fleet and go back to the Philippines where he assisted in the liberation of Manila and the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, where his father and five siblings were held by the Japanese for three years.
After securing his family's safety and making sure they were on their way to the United States, Fred hopped aboard the USS Taylor and headed for Tokyo Bay. On September 2, 1945, he witnessed the Emperor of Japan surrender.
Fred continued to serve in the US Navy, fighting in the Korean War before eventually retiring as a Lieutenant Commander.
Fred passed away on July 20, 2014, at the age of 92, shortly after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Fred was the poster child for a great American hero, and lived by the motto of the USMMA, "Acta, Non Verba."