Colonel George Henry Hallanan, Jr., 95, of Pierrepont Manor
Colonel George Henry Hallanan, Jr. (U.S.Army, Retired), 95, Windy Hill Acres, Pierrepont Manor, NY, died March 2, 2013 at the Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY.
He was born November 18, 1917, in Red Hook, NJ, son of the late George and Henrietta E. Hallanan, Rumson, NJ..
He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Marion Williams, daughter of the late Lt. Col. (U.S.Army Air Corps) Payne and Grace Henderson Williams, New York, NY. Mrs. Hallanan died on August 28, 2008. They were married Nov. 7, 1942 at Zion Episcopal Church, Pierrepont Manor, with Rev. H. William Foreman, rector, and the Rev. Cecil Taylor, rector of St. Luke’s Memorial Church, Utica, officiating. Attendants were Mary Jean Hamilton, Somerville, NJ (dec), a sorority sister of the bride, and John McHugh, little Silver, NJ (dec), brother-in-law of the bridegroom.
Col. Hallanan attended Columbia University, NYC and received a Bachelor of Arts, Social Science from Murray State University, Kentucky, and a Masters in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The couple’s life with the military over more than 30 years included at least 30 moves to more than 20 communities in 11 states and four countries. He enlisted at Ft. Dix, NJ, and graduated from the last US Army horse cavalry Officer Candidate School at Fort Riley, KS. The couple then made the first of those many moves to San Luis Obispo, CA, and then to Ft. Bliss, TX, where the cavalry was dismounted. The 1st Cavalry Division deployed to the South Pacific, beginning in Australia; he eventually commanded the 603rd Medium Tank Company, which participated in campaigns from there to Tokyo. The unit stood by while the Japanese surrender was signed offshore on the USN Missouri, and then was the first to enter the capital city after that.
Assignments then included Ft. Meade, MD; Munich and Stuttgart, West Germany; Camp Carson, CO; Ft. Knox, KY; Professor of Military Science and Tactics, ROTC, Murray, KY; Director, Labor Office, United Nations Command, US Forces Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Personnel Management Officer and Instructional Department Head, Army Security Agency Training Center and School, Ft. Devens, MA; Armor Battalion Commander, Ft. Devens; Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Executive Officer, Support Command 8th Infantry Division, Bad Kreuznach, West Germany; Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, The Pentagon, Washington, DC; University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI ;Director of Field Operations, Joint U.S. Public Affairs Office (JUSPAO), HQ MACV, Saigon, South Vietnam Director, Mass Communication Activities, HQ US Army CDC, Ft. Belvoir, VA; and FT Dix, NJ, where he retired as Deputy Installation Commander on Sept. 1, 1974.
His military career concluded, he became Special Assistant on the staffs of US Congressman Robert C. McEwen and David O’B. Martin, 26th Congressional District, NY for 10 years. During that time, his primary focus was a concerted effort between The Hill and the Pentagon to station a major military unit at Ft. Drum, a feat accomplished with the reactivation of the 10th Mountain (LI) and its assignment to the post. He then worked as a Pentagon Coordinator for the University of Maryland for a decade.
His awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Psychological Warfare medal, Vietnam, Vietnam Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was a member of the American Legion Don Rounds Post # 86, Adams, NY, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Adams, NY, Association of the US Army (AUSA), The Retired Officers’ Association (TROA), Reserve Officers’ Association (ROA), The Capital Hill Club, American Association of Retired Personnel (AARP), First Cavalry Division Association, Smithsonian Associate, US Armor Association, US Congressional Staff Club.
Also Military Order of the World Wars, National Military Families Association, Military District of Washington of Washington Army Officers’ Club, Pentagon Officers’ Athletic Club, Friends of the Kennedy Center, National Cathedral Association, Staff University of Maryland, Military Order of Carabao, and a Grand Master at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria.
With the help of his wife in that and many activities over the years, he served as State Chairman of the NJ Special Olympics. He enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, tennis and paddleball, was a lay reader in several churches and organizer and coach in many youth activities from Boy and Girl Scouting to Little League baseball. The couple were active in Christ Church, Alexandria, gave many volunteer hours to the Knowllwood military retirement residence and continued to travel frequently, especially enjoying Europe, the Middle East, and Alaska, Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises.
His skill with the trumpet began as a young boy, including four years representing Rumson High School in the New Jersey High School Orchestra. At age 17 he was a member of the (jazz arranger) Bill Finegan’s Orchestra when it participated and won in the “Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour” a popular radio program featuring a talent competition, forerunner of such shows as “American Idol;” the band traveled throughout the US for a year afterward, in the program’s “Road Show.” After enlisting, he played for one year with the US Army Show Band, Ft. Dix, NJ before transferring to the 1st Cavalry Division after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Members of his unit later recalled hearing the trumpet throughout the Pacific islands campaign of World War II.
He continued to play around the world, including in post-war Germany; when in 1951 the bombed-out Marienkirche in Munich, West Germany, was without an organ for Christmas, his trumpet provided the music. Family weddings and other gatherings especially birthdays, were not complete without his playing. In later years he participated with the Old Town Alexandria concert and jazz bands, and the Shriner’s band. Most recently he played trumpet every Sunday during services at Zion Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his six children; Felicity Anne Hallanan and her friend Evelyn C. Rule, Sandy Pond, NY; George Henry (Capt., USMC,ret.) and sons Joshua David and Travis Andrew, Paso Robles, CA; Michael Payne (Col. USAF, ret.) and Nancy Anne, Reston, VA., and Patrick Arthur and his children Rebecca Martin and Connor P., Orlando, FL, Matthew Preston and Jennifer and their sons Seth Michael and Ethan Samuel, Saratoga Springs, NY, and daughters Mrs. Matthew (Elizabeth Mary) Bucciarelli and Natalya Anna; Mrs. John ( Grace Elizabeth) Gardner, Adams, NY, and children Douglas Arthur, Megan Elizabeth and Alissa Louise Welbourne and her fiancé’ Justin Waite, and Tarah Grace, daughter Tirsa Marie and son Jessiah Lee; The Rev. Sunny Hallanan, Waterloo, Belgium, and her children Baird Julia and Payne Michael McMillan, and Williams Kuper, Albany, NY, and daughters Lauren Sisson, Beijing, China, and Mrs. Garrett (Rachel Colleen) and daughter Adaline Yates, Kings Bay, SC, as well as three sisters and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson Samuel Lee Welbourne, Adams.
The family is also thankful for dedicated caregivers Patty Laisdell, Alison Baringer, Todd Bush and Public Health Nurse Becca Waite, as well as Dr. Glenn Thibault and staff at the Pulaski Health Center, Kinney’s Pharmacy, Adams, the South Jeff Rescue Squad, and the caring staff at Samaritan Medical Center.
The funeral will be 11 am Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at the Zion Episcopal Church Pierrepont Manor. Spring burial with full military honors will be in the Church Cemetery, Pierrepont Manor. Calling hours are Tuesday March 5th from 5 pm – 8 pm at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville. Memorial donations will be appreciated, either to Zion Episcopal Church, Pierrepont Manor, NY or to the Adams American Legion Post #83.
Online condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.
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