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Born in 1915, Martin Sheridan was at the famous Cocoanut Grove Club in Boston, MA., on November 28, 1942. Just 27 years old at the time, Sheridan was promoting cowboy movie star Buck Jones when around 10 pm a fire broke out. Within 15 minutes the crowded nightclub was totally engulfed in flames. The Cocoanut Grove fire killed 492 people, including Buck Jones and Sheridan’s wife, Constance Misslin. Sheridan was originally included in the death toll until he was found recuperating at Massachusetts General Hospital. When the severe burns he sustained in the fire prevented him from enlisting in the Coast Guard for World War II duty, Sheridan became a war correspondent for the Boston Globe. His overseas reports included the aerial coverage of a deadly B-29 bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan. In the spring of 1945, Sheridan was allowed to join the submarine USS Bullhead (SS-332) on her first Pacific war patrol. He was the only American journalist to undertake such an assignment in World War II. Following his departure of Bullhead the submarine was lost with all hands in August of 1945. In 1947 he wrote the book “Overdue And Presumed Lost.” The book covered the brief yet tragic history of the submarine USS Bullhead.
Sheridan was a successful freelance writer and during his colorful career interviewed numerous historical figures such as; President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Bob Hope, George Gershwin and Jacqueline Kennedy. The former First Lady spoke to Sheridan just two days before her husband President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. In 1973, Sheridan published “Comics and Their Creators: Life Stories of American Cartoonists.” He also spent 20 years working in public relations for the Admiral Corporation and the New England Council. Martin Sheridan died of kidney failure on New Years Eve, December 31, 2003, he was 89 years old.
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