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Three Generations of Fort Monmouth Employees

Harold Driscoll, his son-in-law Jim Collery, and his grandson Dan Collery all have links to Fort Monmouth.  Harold was stationed at Fort Monmouth in the 1940s, on two different occasions, and Jim and Dan both work for the Logistics and Readiness Center (LRC) here. 

Harold Driscoll is in the second row (first row standing) on the far left.

 As part of the historical office oral history program, Harold agreed to a recorded phone interview about his time here at Fort Monmouth and in the Army last winter.  Harold remembered the physical property of Fort Monmouth.  “I just thought it was a well run place.  Neat, clean and probably one of the better spots that I spent time in the Army…. [but] the barracks were hot, you know, they were not air conditioned.”

 Harold was in-processed at the Camp Charles Wood area of Fort Monmouth.  He arrived as a Private, but became a Corporal once he entered Officer Candidate School (OCS) here.  Harold recalled “whatever we did during the day… three hours you had to go – at night – to school.”

Dan (left), Harold (center), and Jim (right) pose in front of the 1943 photo of Harold's class.

School got out at 9:00pm, and Harold told me about what many men did when classes were dismissed.  “The [Post Exchange] PX closed at 9:30pm so if we wanted a beer we’d have to race down from the barracks to the PX…. We got out in just time to run down there!”

 “And the fools that we were: being hot and 90 degrees and no air conditioning, we guzzled beer and got sick on it, you know. But that was life.”

Harold Driscoll (center) and his son-in-law Jim Collery, LRC (left), and his grandson Dan Collery, LRC (right) pose by the tank in front of Kaplan Hall.

Decades later, Harold and his son-in-law, and grandson all share in the legacy of being Fort Monmouth employees.

Note: The photo of the 18th Signal Class 17 March 1943 is housed in the Communications Electronics Museum here at Fort Monmouth.  Jim Collery took a digital photo of the original, as well as took the photo of the three in front of the class picture.  These photos used with permission.  The photo outside by the tank was taken by Chrissie Reilly, Staff Historian, and is a US Army photo.

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  1. V. Casey Gonzalez says

    I received your articles by email — they made me very happy. I will pull out my dad’s resume so that I can make future questions more wisely. Now I am curious where he entered the Army. I sent you a personal email, also. What a surprise to get these articles!! I think my mom had some, but not others. My dad would have turned 90 this coming Aug. 31, so I have been thinking of him more lately. And of the base, which will be closing.

    My dad was stationed at Tempelhof Central Airport in Berlin during the Berlin Airlift, and I worked there years later in my 30s as a civilian. Tempelhof Central Airport is now closed, too, but it is protected by law. I have great hopes that the buildings at Fort Monmouth that have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places will be protected in the future, so that others can enjoy them.

  2. cecomhistorian says

    We can ask Mr Driscoll…I’m also checking our post newspapers from the 1950s and 1960s for any reference to Mr. Casey. I’ll email you personally. -Melissa Ziobro, Command Historian

  3. V, Casey Gonzalez says

    Great story — thanks. I was wondering if it were possible to ask Mr. Driscoll if he ever knew a James Casey, who was also stationed at Fort Monmouth twice, once in the early 50s and then in the early 60s. He was in the Signal Corps, too, and when he got out was an instructor for CECOM, I believe. He was also worked at the Non Commissioned Officers Club at times, too. Thank you.