Thomas McCloy was a very special man in my life, although I never had the pleasure of meeting him. At 21 years of age he enlisted to serve his country in the U.S.Army… it was November 16th, 1942 …he enlisted for the duration of the war plus 6 months.
He had met Mary Donaldson and they were married before he was shipped overseas, where he was part of a reconnaissance team for the rest of the war, serving with Patton in Europe till the war ended in 1945. On July 3, 1944 Mary gave birth to their first child, a little girl they named Ellen Ann McCloy. He never saw his daughter until he came home from the war. Tragically, Thomas died of cancer in 1964 at age 43.
I met his daughter Ellen in 1967… we were married in 1969… Thank you Thomas and Mary… your daughter has been the biggest blessing of my life.