I will be keeping cousin George and the entire McAleer family in my thoughts tomorrow as he is laid to rest with full military honors. As the Hillsdale NJ article captioned with picture of George in his decorated uniform "Local Hero receives Medal for Bravery" ... that article was kept by my Mom & Dad and family in VA and every time I wondered how George was doing that article and photo was always so vivid. George and his character never shared those details, but I do know it was a heroic evacuation and saved many lives. I remember George visiting us when he worked at Grove Crane in PA and later made a visit from Hagerstown MD at my Dad's request to share his marketing expertise with our family Garden Center in Carlisle PA. I remember him being intelligent, up-beat, with a great sense of humor and a smile that went with it.
All I ever heard over the years was George never complained about his crippling disease, he just seemed to get tougher as the years wore on him.
His great spirit and drive simply overshadowed that .... that's some of my memories of George and someone our entire family always admired.