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WILMINGTON, MA — Less than 2% of veterans who fought in World War II are still alive today. Joe McCarthy, of Wilmington, is one of the few. Joe is 101 years old and has lived in the Boston area since serving in the United States Army Air Corps in Germany.
He’s a local hero who is now getting some national attention ahead of Veterans Day.
Like many young men of the time, Joe had just gotten married in 1944 when he was called to duty to fight the Nazis. He fought in several battles for the Army Air Corps (aerial military branch before the Air Force was established) and was there when the Germans surrendered.
He has lived at home in Wilmington for the past 60 years and is sharp as a tack! These days he enjoys visits from his family and watching his Boston Red Sox play.
Joe’s story caught the attention of Cheese Brothers, a national company specializing high-quality Wisconsin Cheese, when he was nominated by his granddaughter for a Veterans Day surprise. The founders of the company were so moved by the story, they decided to travel to Massachusetts to present the national honor in person.
“We couldn’t resist getting the chance to meet an actual World War II veteran, shake his hand, and thank him for his incredible service to our country,” said Eric Ludy, co-founder of Cheese Brothers. “Our veterans are heroes and it’s humbling to be able to do our small part to make sure they are celebrated on Veterans Day.”
On Thursday, November 3, 2022, Cheese Brothers founders Eric Ludy and Gene Graf honored WWII veteran Joe McCarthy with a cheese gift basket and a year’s worth of cheese. Eric, Gene and Joe’s son will be available for interviews.
Cheese Brothers will also donate 15% of all Veterans Day sales to Burlington-based Disabled and Limbless Veterans Inc., which is Mr. McCarthy’s organization of choice. The company anticipates raising more than $3,000 for the local charitable organization that provides meals, clothing and shelter for veterans and their families.
Wilmington veteran Joe McCarthy with Cheese Brothers founders Eric Ludy and Gene Graf
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