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John G. W. Mahanna was a native of Lenox, Massachusetts who worked as a correspondent for the Springfield Republican and Berkshire Eagle during the 1930s. During the Second World War he served in the Office of Naval Intelligence seeing action in the Pacific. Toward the end of his service, stationed in San Francisco, he first met John F. Kennedy, who was visiting the city as a reporter for Hearst covering the United Nations Conference. The pair hit if off immediately and several years after Mahanna's return to western Massachusetts, he began working as an organizer for Kennedy in western Massachusetts, and he and his wife were guests at Kennedy's wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier. During Kennedys' administration, Mahanna was employed in the Office of Civil Defense and continued in government service in a variety of posts until his retirement in 1976. According his son's letter of provenance, Kennedy gave this Scapular to him as late as 1961. In addition to his father's work for Kennedy, his mother, ""would organize social teas for Kennedy's campaigns... and whenever Kennedy was passing through the area, he would stay at our home in Pittsfield. Massachusetts... I still have fond memories of the times spent with John F. Kennedy... I remember Kennedy as very sincere, warm person, a devout Catholic and always extremely gracious."" " (Inventory #: 59903)