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.
C.F. Sanchez / Inquirer staff photographer)
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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