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John Patrick Cosgrove Edit Profile


John Patrick Cosgrove, American editor. Named Gael of Year, Washington District of Columbia St. Patrick's Parade, 1999.


Cosgrove, John Patrick was born on September 25, 1918 in Pittston, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Raymond Patrick and Alice (Gilroy) Cosgrove.


Educational public schools, Pennsylvania.


Reporter,, Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Record, 1936-1937; Reporter,, Associated Press, Washington, 1938-1940; writer, research, National Republican Congressional Committee, Washington, 1940; executive assistant, United States Senator Hiram W. Johnson, 1941-1942; free lance writer, 1946-1948; director publications, Broadcasting Publs., Inc. (publications Broadcasting Businessweekly, Television monthly, Broadcasting Yearbook), Washington, 1948-1968.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Gendreau Story: War History of DE 639. Editor: SHRDLU-An Affectionate Chronicle of the first fifty years of the National Press Club, 1959.


Publicity director Honor American Day Celebration, 1970. Executive director American History and Cultural Society, Inc., 1970-1988. Secretary National Christmas Pageant of Peace, 1974—2006, vice president, 1985—2006, member committee to light national Christmas tree.

Washington representative National Committee Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 1972-1978, ready reckoner Task Force for Northeast Region, 1973-1975. Board directors American Irish Foundation, 1967-1987, president, 1971-1973. Board directors Washington chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1962-1970, American Ireland Fund, 1987—2001.

Member board directors United States Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, since 1986, secretary and chairman dedication committee, since 1987. Board directors Ellis Island Restoration Commission, New York, since 1989, Destroyer-Escort History Museum, since 1993. Vice chairman American Federation Irish Heritage, since 1988.

Board directors International Service Agencies, 1992-1999, member board governors International Graduate University, since 2003. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Assigned Office Censorship, Washington 1942.

United States Ship Gendreau 1944-1946. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars (life), White House Corrs. Association (honorary), Society Professional Journalists, Destroyer-Escort Sailors Association (life, board director 1981-1996), National Press Club (board governors 1956-1959, vice president 1960, president 1961, chairman awards committee 1974, chairman election committee 1978, Commander post northern 20, 1999-2005), American Legion (life), Society Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (life, board director 1976-1982), National Headliners Club (Atlantic City), Circus Saints and Sinners Club (executive vice president, director P.T. Barnum tent 1973-1989, president 1989-1991), Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans of Canada.


Married Patricia Ellen O'Hara, March 26, 1951.

Raymond Patrick Cosgrove

Alice (Gilroy) Cosgrove

Patricia Ellen O'Hara