On March 18, 2014 the College of the Holy Cross honored the memory of Rev. Joseph T. O’Callahan S.J. and his service to our nation. It was the 50th anniversary of his death. Three events marked this day. At noon, more than one hundred gathered in the Mary Chapel to celebrate Mass. For the wreath-laying ceremony, students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the O’Callahan Society and the College’s NROTC Unit moved to Fr. O’Callahan’s grave in the Jesuit Cemetery. Nephew Jay O’Callahan ’60 represented the family. Speakers included Chaplain Paul Covino, Rev. Philip Boroughs S.J., President of the College, and CDR Jamie Godwin, USN, Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit. Retired Navy Captain Thomas G. Kelley ‘60, himself a recipient of the Medal of Honor, read the citation which accompanied Fr. O’Callahan’s award. Following this , a presentation was given in Seelos Theater by Dr. John Satterfield from New Castle, Delaware. He is the author of “SAVING BIG BEN: The USS Franklin and Fr. Joseph T. O’Callahan” published in 2011 by the U.S. Naval Institute.

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Images from 2014

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Closing Prayer, Barbara Merolli

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Commander Godwin USN Addressing Attendees of 50th Anniversary Remembrance, Barbara Merolli

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Crowd Gathered at O'Callahan 50th Anniversary Remembrance, Barbara Merolli

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Final Salute, Barbara Merolli

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Gravestone of Rev. Joseph T. O'Callahan, S.J., Barbara Merolli

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Invocation, Barbara Merolli

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Jay O'Callahan, Barbara Merolli

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Members of the O'Callahan Society, Barbara Merolli

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NROTC Honor Guard, Barbara Merolli

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NROTC Honor Guard Salute, Barbara Merolli

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NROTC Unit in Jesuit cemetery, Barbara Merolli

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Rev. Philip Burroughs Addressing Attendees of 50th Anniversary Remembrance, Barbara Merolli

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Rev. Philip Burroughs Addressing Attendees of 50th Anniversary Remembrance: Crowd Shot, Barbara Merolli

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Rev. Philip Burroughs at the Gravestone of Rev. Joseph T. O'Callahan, S.J., Barbara Merolli

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Taps (1), Barbara Merolli

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Taps (2), Barbara Merolli

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Thomas Kelley '60 Reads at O'Callahan Remembrance, Barbara Merolli

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O'Callahan 50th Anniversary Memorial Invitation, The O'Callahan Society, College of the Holy Cross