Yesterday I learned that my grandfather, John William Foley, had passed away that morning at 2am. John was an amazing man, who accomplished so much without any formal education past high school. He was a war hero in World War II, eventually receiving a Silver Star for his actions on February 26, 1945. The following was pulled from: http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=36367
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal John W. Foley (MCSN: 462068), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Group Leader of Company G, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 26 February 1945. During an attack against heavily-fortified enemy positions, Corporal Foley fearlessly worked his way forward to a dual purpose hostile gun position while under heavy enemy mortar, machine gun and hand grenade fire and placed an explosive within the emplacement. When the Japanese removed this charge and also a second one before it exploded, he again braved the hostile fire to place a third charge which exploded and killed seven enemy personnel, thereby enabling his squad to come forward and destroy the weapon with incendiary grenades. His courage and aggressive fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
My brother Daniel describes John as his hero, while my cousin Johnathan sums him up a little bit better: “Our grandpa was a badass simply put.”
One of the most heartwarming descriptions I’ve seen, come from my sister.
One of the problems writing this article, is that it’s hard to know where to go next. I’m just going to end things by sharing what I put on my own Facebook.