John Coulahan, Sr.


1:30 pm
Monday, February 24, 2020
Most Holy Trinity Chapel
699 Washington Road
West Point, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

West Point Cemetery
329 Washington Road
West Point, New York, United States

Obituary of John Coulahan, Sr.

Colonel John Coulahan Sr., pilot, USAF (ret). At age 97 had his last bomber take off on January 30th, 2020. Col Coulahan was born at home in Woonsocket, R.I. April 14, 1922. Son of the late Winifred (Hunt) Coulahan of County Roscommon, Ireland and the late John E Coulahan. The Colonel's Great Grandfather was killed during the Civil War. John was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) in 1945 and spent over 30 years serving the nation in the Air Force. He flew the last B-17's in Europe and his last years as a B-52 Wave Commander over Vietnam. He commanded two Air Force installations, the last one as Base Commander, Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam. After retirement he spent 10 years in R.I. real estate. Moving to Tucson years ago he became a docent at the Tucson Historical Society. He was also an active member of the Order of Dedalians; a national fraternity of military pilots; and volunteered providing tax assistance to veterans. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce (Barre) Coulahan, second wife Jean (Ryder) Coulahan; and is survived by his four biological children Pamela of Westerly, RI; Christopher of Pensacola, FL; Lisa of Boca Raton, FL; and John Jr of Colorado Springs, CO. He was blessed with 13 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St Vincent De Paul, 829 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. He led his life by the West Point motto Duty, Honor, Country.
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