Joe Kiernan ’49 Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer Article about the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill


A native of the Logan section of Philadelphia, Joe Kiernan ’49 flew 35 combat missions as a turret gunner on a B-24 bomber during World War II. When he returned home, he was able to enroll at Saint Joseph’s for free - an experience he said would shape his life.

"There is no way in my own life I would’ve been able to get to college in the prewar world," the 88-year-old Kiernan told the Inquirer in a feature story celebrating 70 years of Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, otherwise known as the GI Bill. "Without the war and without the GI Bill, I never would've had the opportunities I had in business that I ended up enjoying." 

Kiernan graduated with a with a bachelor's degree in sociology, earned a master’s degree from Temple and worked 30 years for RCA and Generic Electric. For more than 28 years on weeknights and Saturdays, he taught sociology at SJU as an adjunct professor.

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(Photo by C.F. Sanchez / Inquirer staff photographer)