Arthur Mulligan made a name for himself in the U.S. Army Air Forces piloting the infamous B-24 Liberator in 102 aerial missions with the 43rd Bomb Group, 64th Squadron, in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Surrounded by his wife and family, Mulligan died peacefully in Delray Beach, Florida, last Thursday. He was 100.
As part of “Ken's Men,” Mulligan served in World War II from 1942-1947, seeing combat over New Guinea, Bismarck-Archipelago, South Philippines, Luzon, Eastern Mandates and China. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and earned a number of awards for his distinguished service.
Born in Kingston, New York, throughout his life, Mulligan was an active member in a handful of civic and fraternal organizations, including serving on the boards of the New York School Bus Contractors Association, the National School Transportation Association and the American Bus Association.
After returning stateside following the war, Mulligan led an exciting life filled with adventurous travel throughout the U.S. and Caribbean with his lifelong co-pilot, Beverlee, who he was married to for 68 years.
He began his transportation career with numerous truck driving jobs before landing a position as a driver for Adirondack and Pine Hill Trailways. He later established Arthur F. Mulligan Inc. and Arrow Bus Line.
Mulligan is survived by his wife and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Condolences can be sent to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service in Kingston, New York. To leave expressions of sympathy, visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com.