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In Memory of Francis P. Callahan

A U.S. Army brat passed away on 9 March 2003 at his home. Francis P. Callahan, known to his family as "Pete" but as "Frank" to his Army and American Legion buddies, was a twenty year veteran of the Army Security Agency.

I knew him as Pete. He was my younger brother and we were Army brats, sons of CWO John J. Callahan, Jr. As brats we lived in Yokohama, Camp Kilmer, Fort Myer and in Rio de Janeiro.

Pete joined the Army to be in the Army Security Agency (ASA). Following basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he was trained as a Special Intelligence Communications operator, using and maintaining high speed multiplexed data links for the National Security Agency (NSA) and the ASA. Eventually he cross-trained to become a highly qualified linguist in two foreign languages: Spanish and German. He was in the Advanced German Course at the Defense Language Institute the same time I was studying French; we were in Germany at the same time albeit in different cities; he worked with the same linguists at the NSA as me, but at different times. Two Army brats doing the same type work. Pete's duty stations included the NSA, the 83rd Radio Research Station in Bangkok, Thailand, the 8th Radio Research Field Station in Phu Bai, Vietnam, the Field Station in Berlin and the Electronic Warfare element of the 8th Infantry Division in Germany.

Following his retirement from the Army Pete lived in Tallahassee, Florida where he worked and was active in the American Legion.

Pete was a disabled vet and died too young. I'm posting this in hope that someone out there knew him and maybe will say a prayer for him, Tom Callahan

 


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