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General Cornelius Kelleher

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Local Address:  Germany
414th Infantry Regiment of the 104th Timberwolf Division

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Honorary Colonel
  • Member
    Albany Hibernians
  • Lifetime Member
    Knights of Columbus
Web References
35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association [cached]
General Kelleher will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on December 23, 2003.Brigadier General Gerald C. Kelleher was born in Albany on July 8, 1908, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Kelleher.He was a lifelong resident of Albany.He was married for over 60 years to his childhood sweetheart, the late Mary Rose Kelleher.He was also the father of the late Kenneth P. Kelleher; brother of the late Betty Snyder and Virginia Hallock.General Kelleher was schooled at Christian Brothers Academy, RPI and National War College.General Kelleher was Albany's highest medal award winner and one of the highest award winners in New York State for gallantry in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War.He is the recipient of a Presidential Citation, Combat Infantry-man's Badge, two Distinguished Crosses, Silver Star with six clusters, a Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with (V) device and Purple Heart.He also has been honored with Britain's second highest award, the Distinguished Service Order for action during the Battle for Standaarbutten, Holland.As Commander of the 414th Infantry Regiment of the 104th Timberwolf Division in Germany and, as a colonel, he led the first United States Infantry forces to engage the Germans in World War II.During the African Campaign, he was captured twice by the famed Afrika Corps and managed to escape both times.He also headed a US Security detail at the Neurenburg Trials.In addition to Britain's award, he was also awarded France's Croix de Guerre with Palm, The Russian Order of Suvorou and he is an Honorary Colonel in the 2nd Spahis, a famous French Cavalry unit.In 1981, General Kelleher was hosted by Governor Hugh Carey at the Governors Mansion in Albany.
General Kelleher commanded an infantry regiment in Europe in World War II and led the 35th Infantry Regiment in 1950 and 1951 in Korea.He also lived and served in Japan as an adviser to the Japanese Army.General Kelleher was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Albany Elks and was a member of the Albany Hibernians.
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