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Posted by: Ami Date: July 27, 2001 at 10:37:17
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HENRY L. CALLIHAN, World War II Veteran departed this life on July 25, 2001 to go be with his Lord and Savior. He was born on June 26, 1923 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Houston, Texas in 1929 with his parents. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was married to Elizabeth Stefka and has two sons Pat Callihan of Houston, Texas and Dennis Callihan of Atlanta Georgia. He is survived by his sons and 8 grandchildren, Heather Callihan, Candis Callihan, Michael Callihan, Skye Greene, Sunny K. Harrison , Summer Darrigo, Justin Burke, and Sterling Burke. He is also survived by his sisters Doris Stinnett, Anna Harden, and Bess Blanton all of Houston and brother Jesse Callihan of Huntsville, Texas as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and friends. He worked in the Insurance Business in his early life and was employed at Hughes Tool & Co, for many years. He later was employed by Harris County as a bailiff in District Courts as well as the Grand Jury. He retired from Harris County in the 80's. He was a World War II Veteran serving in the 96th Infantry Division on the island of Okinawa, where he was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery in administering medical aid to the wounded men and personally led them to the "Battalion Aid Station" through continued enemy mortar and artillery fire. He also received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for other acts of bravery and heroism in Corregidor and Bataan. He was president of the United States Veterans, Inc. of Houston. He was responsible for building three libraries in the Philippians for the Children's benefit. The first in Taro, Leyte; the second in Tabontebon, Leyte, and the third "The Burauen Library" in Leyte in the year of 1986. The American flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on March 7, 1986 at the request of Honorable Michael A. Andrews, Member of Congress in his honor and he also presented him with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his unselfish dedication to better education on the 7th of April 1986. President Ronald Reagan wrote him a letter congratulating him for the wonderful work done by him in the Philippines saying that the libraries are a fitting memorial to the American people who fought and sacrificed their lives for the liberties of their brothers and sisters in the Philippines Republic. Mr. Callihan received a letter from Honorable Corazon C. Aquino, President of the Philippine Republic on July 30, 1986 congratulating him and sending her warmest personal regards and gratitude to him and the others who had helped him in his project. Henry was a kind and considerate man who really loved his country. He was very sentimental about the American Flag and always observed the special holidays set a side in memory of the soldiers who fought many wars for their country. He will be greatly missed by his family, loved ones, and friends. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2001 and the funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday July 27,at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

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