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Elmwood Park VFW Post Renamed For William J. Mulligan

Kathryn Mulligan is flanked by sons Tom, Pat, Billy, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandchildren Matty, Biily Jr. and Kayla.
Kathryn Mulligan is flanked by sons Tom, Pat, Billy, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandchildren Matty, Biily Jr. and Kayla. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Theresa Fuss
The late William J. Mulligan
The late William J. Mulligan Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo
Many filled the hall to honor Mulligan.
Many filled the hall to honor Mulligan. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Theresa Fuss
The unveiling.
The unveiling. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Theresa Fuss

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- Elmwood Park's VFW post is now named after one of its most dedicated members -- and one of the town's greatest benefactors.

William J. Mulligan VFW Post 5084 was re-christened over the weekend in the name of its former commander of 33 years.

Known as "Bump" and "Red," Mulligan died on Feb. 27, 2016 at the age of 71.

The lifelong borough resident and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2001 after 35 years. He was a dedicated University of Notre Dame football fan and donated freely to sports programs in Elmwood Park.

His successor, Commander Chuck Keenan, made sure Mulligan's legacy lived on.

Mayor Robert Colletti was among the officials, family members and friends who gathered for Sunday's dedication.

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