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Fr Joseph H Mulhern
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1921
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 2008
New Jersey, USA

Fr. Joseph H. Mulhern, O.P., a priest in the Order of the Dominicans, and a much decorated retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, died on Sunday after a brief illness in New Jersey, where he lived in an assisted living community. He was 86 years old. Born in Worcester, MA on October 11, 1921, Fr. Mulhern was a son of Dr. Joseph P. Mulhern, an orthopedic surgeon and Winifred J. Kelley Mulhern. He was the second of eight children. Fr. Mulhern attended St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, and spent a post-graduation year at Worcester Academy before attending Providence College in Providence, RI. While in high school he developed a strong interest in flying and spent many hours on weekends at Grafton Airport. It was there that he took flying lessons and earned his civilian flying pilot's license. This is the same airport where Dr. Goddard, then a professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA, began to experiment on rockets. Before he entered the Dominican Order in 1947 and was ordained in 1954, Fr. Mulhern was a bomber pilot with the 8th Air Force division out of England during World War II, piloting a B24 Liberator. He earned 5 Air Medals. He flew 35 missions before the war ended and returned to Providence College to complete the degree he had started years earlier. After his ordination, Fr. Mulhern served in Tennessee, saying Mass at four churches and serving as chaplain at a nearby VA hospital. He also served 1,000 retired soldiers living at the local base. In 1960, Fr. Mulhern returned to active military duty. He served as a chaplain in France, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and Fort Hood, TX. His Sunday Mass runs in Vietnam included traveling three hours by helicopter to celebrate six Masses in one dangerous location after another. After brief assignments at parishes in Rhode Island, he again returned to the service, this time as a civilian priest, serving at bases in Germany and Charleston, SC, where he served for over 17 years. I've had an exciting life. It's been marvelous, said Fr. Mulhern, who recalled praying with soldiers when they were, on the brink of eternity. Fr. Mulhern is survived by his sisters Marion C. Renz, Patricia M. Brown, and J. Honor Tracy. He is predeceased by a brother, Thomas F. Mulhern, and three sisters, Catherine M. Bianchi, Rosemary J. Deedy, and Winifred J. Reney. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by VAN EMBURGH-SNEIDER FUNERAL HOME IN RAMSEY, NJ. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10am on Friday, September 19 at St. Luke's Church in HoHoKus, NJ. Fr. Mulhern will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Created by: Mike Bell
Record added: Sep 18, 2008
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Fr Joseph H Mulhern
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Fr Joseph H Mulhern
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Fr Joseph H Mulhern
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