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John Paul Foley Sr., 90, peacefully passed away Friday, July 11, 2008, in Arlington {TX}.

Burial: To be held in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials: The family asks that donations be made to Phoenix Hospice, 5550 Harvest Hill Road, Dallas, Texas 75230.

John was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was raised in Vineland, N.J., and in 1942 went into the military. John was a career Army officer and received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in Holland during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jeanette, and his two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors: Son, John P. Foley Jr. and wife, Carroll, of Wilmington, N.C.; daughter, Peggy Stevens and husband, Ron, of Arlington; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/16/2008 

(courtesy Edward 'Ted" Tyler)

Grave markers for John P. Foley and his wife Jeanette in Section: 54, Site: 5774 of the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
     John jumped into Normandy on D0-Fay, 6 June 1944 and endured 33 days of combat before the regiment was relieved and returned to England.
     On 17 September 1944 he hit the silk again, this time into the area of Nijmegen, Holland and into local history. Today in Beek, Holland, there is a beautiful monument in the center of park. This park is named after John Foley of "A" Company for his action on Devil's Hill during the liberation of Holland in September 1944.
     General Ridgeway signed the order awarding 1st Lt. Foley the Distinguished Service Cross for rendering "a vital and distinguishes service in the defense against German offensive action aimed at seizing the key terrain south of Nijmegen."


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