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Carole Katz uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Joe was a good friend of ours while we lived at Twining/Holland Village. We met him when he and Betty were thinking of coming to our Village. He lived close to us in the 500 building and we spent time just visiting and getting involved with the computer technology. He never missed a birthday or a chance to spread good cheer. He is truly missed. May your special memories be a comfort to you now and in the days ahead. Carole and Bill Katz Apt 1702, Holland Village.
David Josey uploaded photo(s)
Thursday, June 24, 2021
These comments are a reflection of our father ("Hal" Josey's) love and deep admiration for Joe Kiernan... "Jo Jo" as Dad fondly called him. They were crew mates in WW2. Over his lifetime, Dad talked very little about the war itself. But he loved "Jo Jo" and the rest of his crew. Dad's eyes would always light up when talking about these old acquaintances. It was a special bond of uniquely forged friendships that incredibly lasted more than 7 decades - a testament to the leadership and selflessness of Joe Kiernan. Dad passed away in 2010. Mom in 2013. In 2018, we sold the family home in Mississippi. Prior to closing and while rummaging through old boxes, I stumbled onto a file of Dad's. It was overburdened with WW2 memorabilia including newsletters from their 455th Bomb Group Association. Most of the file however consisted of personal communication from, you guessed it, Joe Kiernan. Handwritten notes, typed letters, and cards of all types. All personally signed. Full of humor and compassion. I was dumbfounded with how much this man cared about life and his old war buddies. It was a glimpse of why my father had so much respect for "Jo Jo". I was relieved to learn the next day that he was still living. The following month my wife and I made a trip to Philadelphia. "Mr. K" greeted us at the front door of his senior living community, toured us through the amenities, introduced us to those we passed in the halls, cordially invited us into his apartment, and later treated us to supper that included part of his wonderful family. We were completely entertained the entire day by a gentleman who 74 years earlier was inspiring and entertaining his crew. While "Mr. K” wrote a book titled "Life as a Guest" that pays tribute to his being on the receiving end of a remarkable life, it unquestionably was authored by “one of life's greatest hosts”. Over the next few years, I enjoyed a rewarding friendship with a man of great humility, unwavering integrity, selfless courage, and an unmatched sense of humor. He loved his family deeply. It was crystal clear why my father had so much adoration for Joe Kiernan. Dad not only considered him a special friend, he considered him a hero. This is the tough part... long pause... that's very humbling. They were just teenagers. Instructed to pilot a bomber over hostile territory. There's no doubt that Joe Kiernan's loyalty, leadership, and love for mankind was a daily godsend for his crew mates. Our country has no award large or worthy enough in honoring the contributions of men like Joe Kiernan. Of course, he would tell us that the honor was in being able to serve his country and fellow man. Joe Kiernan was the consummate model of "the greatest generation that ever lived". Thank you Joe! We love you Mr. K. Rest in peace. David & Jane Josey Memphis, TN
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Saturday, June 5, 2021