MANALAPAN – Glenn Cashion, a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission and a resident of Middletown, will present a program on Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. James Fallon Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m. . at the Headquarters Library, Symmes dr.
Fallon is the great-great uncle of Cashion and received his Medal of Honor for heroism during the Civil War. Born in Ireland, Fallon joined the Union Army at the start of the Civil War, and returned to Freehold at its end, marrying and bringing up his family and operating a tailor shop in the borough. He is buried at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold.
It is unknown what happened to the Medal of Honor after Fallon’s death in 1916, but an army officer at Fort Knox, Ky, gave it to Dickinson College in 1957 to represent another, un-connected recipient who was an alumnus of the college, but whose Medal was not found. The Medal remained in the college museum on display when another member of the county Historical Commission, Muriel J. Smith, Atlantic Highlands, began a three-year battle to have it honor its rightful recipient. Successful in having the Medal returned to Fort Knox, Smith and Cashion, who had researched his uncle’s history, contacted Congressman Chris Smith who successfully had the Medal returned to Cashion in Freehold.
Cashion will speak on the numerous battles in which his uncle participated during the war, as well as his life in Freehold, with photos and stories of Freehold in the earliest part of the 20th century.
The program is free, and no reservations are necessary. For further information on this and all programs within the Monmouth County Library, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org.