As part of our Regency spotlight on our War Veterans, Regency Grande Post-Acute Rehab and Nursing Center would like to highlight one of our exceptional residents to acknowledge and thank him for his service to our country!
Mr. Joe Devaney is an elegant and soft spoken man whose every word is meaningful, thoughtful and measured.
Joe isn’t one for bragging about his many sacrifices and accomplishments, but in discussing several of the highlights of his decorated service to our Country, here is what he did share:
Joe served in the US Army from 1943 until 1948.
While in the Army, Joe was a member of the 244th Port Company. He was involved in the invasion of 4 different islands in the South Pacific. In 1943 they invaded the island of New Guinea, In 1944 they invaded the island of New Britain, in 1944 they invaded the island of Biak and in January of 1945 they invaded the island of Luzon.
While on a small boat tied to the Ship ‘Liberty,’ the ship was hit by a Japanese bomber. This killed 15 of his crew members and a 15 pound barrel of fuel oil landed on Joe’s clavicle. He spent 8 months in the hospital recovering.
Today, Joe spends his time enjoying the tranquil serenity and care at Regency Grande!
We feel truly blessed to call Joe FAMILY!
Godspeed Joe and thank you for your service!