CRANFORD - Veterans Peter Klein and Daniel Sullivan were honored at the Cranford VFW Post 335 on Wednesday, October 23 for their selfless service in D-Day.
The celebration was paid for by Barry O'Donovan, owner of the Kilkenny House, with the funds raised at the 11th Annual Kilkenny House Golf Outing held on October 8. Along with making a contribution to the VFW, he also wanted to honor Klein and Sullivan with the raised funds.
"My dad was a Major in the Irish Army, and that's why I've always had a touch for this," said O'Donovan. "I've known Dan for many years and I never knew he was in D-Day. Seven years ago, he was in Kilkenny House and his son-in-law told me, 'You know he was in D-Day?' I said, 'no way, get out of here,' and I made everybody stand up and just say thank you."
"I met Mr. Klein about three years ago at the Cranford dollar store and we started talking and D-Day came up," added O'Donovan. "It turns out that he was in the same class and school as Dan's sister!"
Klein was born in Sainte-Marie-aux-Chênes, France and came to the United States aboard the SS George Washington via Ellis Island at just a year and a half old. He was drafted into the army in 1943 and became a naturalized citizen at that time. On June 6, 1944, he was part of the Third Wave on Normandy Beach and performed duties as a medic to wounded soldiers on the beach and heights thereafter. He also served in the Battle of Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge.
Sullivan was born in Elizabeth and enlisted in the US Navy in January of 1943. He is a veteran of World War II and served aboard the battleship USS Texas during the D-Day Invasion as well as Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles.