Rev. Joseph T. O’Callahan, S.J. Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence, personal material, citations, awards, other manuscript material, newspaper clippings and obituaries. There are books, magazine articles and booklets about O’Callahan and the manuscript for I Was Chaplain on the Franklin. Memorabilia includes O’Callahan’s Medal of Honor, plaques and material related to the USS O’Callahan.
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Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph O’Callahan was born on May 14, 1905, a son of Cornelius J. and Alice (Casey) O’Callahan in Boston, MA. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1922 at St. Andrew-on-Hudson and was ordained at Weston College on June 20, 1934. O’Callahan received his M.A., Ph.D., S.T.L. and Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Georgetown University. He taught at Holy Cross from 1938 to 1940 and was head of the Mathematics department when he entered the Navy as a chaplain in 1940. He served as chaplain aboard the U.S.S. Franklin when it was attacked off the Japanese coast. His bravery and devotion earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first one earned by a chaplain. He wrote a book about his experiences entitled, I was Chaplain on the Franklin. A movie was produced about his experience titled, Battle Stations. After he left the Navy he returned to teach philosophy at Holy Cross. He died on March 18, 1964.
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Language of Materials
Rev. O’Callahan’s Sacred Heart Medal was given to Sister Elizabeth Mary Francis, SP after his death. It was then given to the College in 1985.
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