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Born August 6, 1920 in Ridgeley, WV, he was the son of the late Thomas S. Mulligan and Lula E. (Lancaster) Mulligan Bittner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edith “Edie” (Maiers) Mulligan; sons, Wayne Mulligan and Charles Mulligan; and brothers, Vernon and Thomas Mulligan.
Survivors include his children, Terry Mulligan (Carlene) and Debra Palmore (Curtis); grandchildren, Michael Mulligan, Angela Shanholtz, Christopher Flanagan, Karen O’Donnell, Michele Plummer, Steven Mulligan and Crissy Shirey; daughters-in-law, Bonnie Mulligan and Debbie Mulligan; and several great grandchildren.
Mr. Mulligan attended Ridgeley High School. He joined the Marines in his early 20’s where he fought on the island of Iwo Jima and witnessed the raising of the American flag.
Mr. Mulligan retired from the Western Maryland Railroad, where he had been a brakeman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates being his favorite.
He belonged to the United Transportation Union, Fort Ashby Post #6667, VFW, a lifetime member of the Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Company, a lifetime member of the Cumberland Outdoor Club, and a member of the Western Maryland Marine Corps League.
While living in Virginia with his daughter he enjoyed several visits to the Marine Corp Museum in Quantico. Especially the one celebrating the Marine Corp’s Birthday where he was the oldest Marine present and received the first piece of birthday cake. He also had the honor of passing the second piece of cake to the youngest Marine present. He was also so honored to have met in person, Virginia’s Governor and Lt. Governor.
A special thank you to his friends of the Charlottesville, VA Marine Corps League Detachment #1256 for the visits and time spent with him. He so enjoyed and looked forward those visits.
Thank you to the nurses at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital for the loving and kind care he received there.
As per his wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Mr. Mulligan will be cremated.