1923 - 2011 (88 years)
||John McCleland FORETICH |
||2 Jun 1923
||Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi
||ship pilot; had marine contracting company in Gulfport |
||First United Methodist Church |
||24 Dec 2011
- John received his first U.S. Coast Guard license in 1940 at age seventeen. He joined the U.S. Navy soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, where he became a signalman and gunner with the U.S.Armed Guard. The U.S. Navy Armed Guard was commissioned to protect the Merchant Ships crossing the Atlantic during World War II, and John served during seven successful convoy crossings of the North Atlantic. He also participated in the Invasion of Normandy, and Oran North Africa. He was also the recipient of the Purple Heart.
After World War II, John returned home to become a charter boat captain. In 1959, he became a bar and harbor pilot, guiding 5,969 ships to safe harbor through the Gulfport Ship Channel, to and from the Port of Gulfport. During his thirty-four years of service, John was instrumental in the fight to widen and deepen the Gulfport Ship Channel, which now allows for much larger vessels to navigate the port.
As owner of the Foretich Marine Contracting Company, and Gulf Marine Towing, along with his partnership with Gulfport Towing, John worked to build harbors and piers, transport goods, and provided marine salvage services across the entire Gulf Coast. He was president of the Gulfport Pilots Association, and a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots.
John was past commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart of America, member of the U.S. Navy League, Veterans of Foreign War, and Joe Graham Post of the American Legion. He was a 32nd degree mason, having joined the Gulfport Masonic Lodge in1953. He was a charter member of the Shiner Joppa Temple of Gulfport, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Order of the Eastern Star, Mississippi Coast Shrine Club, and a lifetime member of the Gulfport Elks Club #978.
--preceding paragraphs from obituary in The Sun Herald
"My Mom and Dad, Robert L. Rice III and Rosemary Foretich went on a double date.... Dad bringing his sister, Rose Margaret Rice. (TeTe) and Mother bringing her brother John Foretich. Both couples married and had 7 children and a set of twins too! Though TeTe lost a newborn in the hospital from suffocation. Anyway, so this makes John and TeTe's children my double first cousins. At least that is what we have always called each other."
Ship pilot for Gulfport; he brought the big ships in and out of the harbor.
||23 Jan 2015 |
||Charles Joseph FORETICH, b. 28 May 1885, Woolmarket, Mississippi , d. 21 Nov 1966, Gulfport, Mississippi (Age 81 years) |
||Mae Charlotte MCCLELAND, b. 6 May 1894, New Orleans, Louisiana , d. 17 Feb 1979, Gulfport, Mississippi (Age 84 years) |
||11 Nov 1911
- Married November 11, 1911 at 11:00 am and had 11 children.
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||50th Anniversary of Charles and Mae McCleland Foretich|
Standing (L-R): Billy Foretich, Marty Foretich, A.J. "Pat" Foretich, Mary T. Foretich, TeTe Foretich, John Foretich, Billy Meadows, Eunice Meadows, Kay Foretich, Gerald Foretich, Charlie Foretich and his wife (name unknown), Mignonette Foretich Rippy, Bill Rippy
Seated: Charles Joseph Foretich and Mae Charlotte McCleland Foretich
Floor (L-R): Alice Joyce Foretich Laird, Rosemary Foretich Rice, Katherine Foretich Rahrer (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
||John M. Foretich, Sr.|