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John M. Herlihy(November 17, 1919 - November 9, 2012)

John M. Herlihy

November 17, 1919 ~ November 9, 2012

CARMEL - John M. Herlihy, 92, an educator of "sensitivity, insight and ability", died November 9, 2012 from respiratory failure and heart failure. Born November 17, 1919 in Boston, he lived in Carmel for over 45 years.

Previously, Mr. Herlihy served in the U.S. Army. He served in the Caribbean in 1943, in Europe from 1944-1945 and in Korea from 1951-1953. He was a decorated parachutist with the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, and received a Purple Heart and three bronze stars for gallantry.

While in Korea, he acted as an interrogator in Japanese, a language he had learned at the Defense Language Institute in 1951.

Upon release from duty, he eventually settled on the Monterey Peninsula and became a teacher in the Monterey Peninsula School District, after graduating from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Herlihy is survived by three children, Brehon of Middleboro, Massachusetts, Christie Adams and Robert, of Connecticut; a sister, Mary E. Parker of Saratoga; two nieces, Susie Kennelly of Westlake Village and Diane Wright of Anaheim Hills; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Herlihy will be buried in the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine. No services will be held.

Donations in his memory may be made to the The SPCA for Monterey County, P.O. Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942.

Published in The Monterey Herald on Nov. 20, 2012
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