Michael J. Cleary Clounty, Scarriff, Co. Clare
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- Michael J. Cleary Clounty, Scarriff, Co. Clare
- Story as dictated by his daughter, Maura Melody, Scarriff, Co. Clare
Michael Cleary, Clounty Scarriff, Co. Clare emigrated to the United States in 1910 at the age of 21. He was the youngest of a large family. Several of his siblings had emigrated and settled there previously.
He was employed as a chauffeur and later as an ambulance driver in Massachusetts General Hospital ,Boston. He was working with a doctor named Dr. Dudley White, who one day said to him "Hey Cleary, How about going to the war?" And he pegged the keys on the desk and off he went!
He joined the American army in 1917 as a private and was promoted to Sergeant in the Medical Corps in France in 1918.(see army doc) He often told a story of how he had to take a patient, who was suffering from Leprosy, across France to a colony in Le Havre. He recalled how they sat at the side of the road eating tinned beef on Christmas Day.
He returned safely from France to his old job in 1919. In 1921 he came back to Ireland to visit his sick father. His father died and he inherited the farm. He settled down and married a local girl, Delia Flannery in 1922. They had nine children, eight of whom are still living. I am the eldest, born in 1923. My father never returned to the United States. He was lucky to return from the war where so many lives were lost. He died in 1969; aged 80.He is buried in Iniscealtra, (Holy Island) Lough Derg on the river Shannon, a beautiful resting place.
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- dog tag
photo of Michael Cleary (man with pipe) and comrade
certificate of naturalization
army promotion document
address in Boston
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