The late Lt. Col. Joseph Callahan Sr., a decorated World War II veteran, was honored at Greenwood Cemetery yesterday. Joseph Callahan enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1937 and served under the command of Gen. George Patton.
Lt. Callahan served with valor on the front lines and his wartime history included numerous instances of being in the line of fire. In 2009 Lt. Callahan received the revered Silver Star for his heroism at the battle of Maizieres-Les-Metz, France. Lt. Callahan was also awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. Lt. Callahan retired from the National Guard in 1972.
During the service at Greenwood Cemetery, Lt. Callahan’s casket was drawn by two horses atop a flag-draped caisson as he was carried to his final resting place. The full military honors burial service featured a military honor guard, a gun salute, the sounding of “Taps” and the U.S flag presentation.
Lt. Callahan was described in his obituary as “a loving, caring and giving person who enjoyed his special moments with his family and friends and became a ‘Dad’ to many and a role model to all. There was always a joke in his pocket and a smile on his face.” Lt. Callahan died on March 1st at the age of 92 and will be buried next to his wife of 58 years, Arlene Martha Davis Callahan.
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