WWII Irish American Hero to be honored at Saint Jerome’s Church
Martin (Matty) Teahan was born Dec 3, 1923, on 138th Street in the Bronx. His entire family, friends, and world revolved around Saint Jerome’s Church. Matty volunteered to become a paratrooper for the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Sadly, Matty lost his life in June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy. Saint Jerome’s has a plaque for those who died in World War II, and Matty’s name appears on it.
Each year there is a mass held in his honor and for all the veterans from the Bronx who have served in our armed forces. Meet the surviving members of the Teahan family and join us after the mass for lunch. Lunch will be at 12:30 at Rory Dolan’s Restaurant in Yonkers
In March 2016 Uncle Matty’s D-Day rifle was located by French Army General Patrick Collet. I wrote a book about my journey to bring his rifle back home, symbolically it is Uncle Matty’s way of returning home. His majestic M1-Garand is now proudly on display in the Chief of Staff of the US Army General Milley’s office in the Pentagon.
In 2019 General Milley and the family of Uncle Matty will donate his D-Day rifle to the new Army Museum at Fort Belvoir, VA. This will conclude the long and complicated journey for Uncle Matty’s rifle, but the connections, memories, and stories will last forever.
Contact Jim Farrell with any questions:
“Uncle Matty Comes Home”