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na grohmití
26th December 2015, 17:10
I have heard via DF twitter that the death has occurred of former UNIFIL Force Commander Lt Gen William "Bull" O'Callaghan.
He was Force Commander during perhaps the most active hostilities in the AO.


26th December 2015, 20:14
May he rest in peace and may Jesus bring him into heaven. A fine soldier, officer and gentleman .

26th December 2015, 20:58

na grohmití
27th December 2015, 13:36
The death occurred of Lieutenant General William "Bill" Callaghan, a Cork native who had the unique distinction of holding the 2 most important United Nations appointments in the Middle East and arguably the world during a particularly tumultuous period in the 1970s and 80s, when he was the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from February 1981 to May 1986 and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO,) from April 1978 to June 1979 and again from May 1986 to June 1987, commanding multinational troops in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Jordan.

Lt Gen Callaghan was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) from the Irish Defence Forces for his outstanding service. He was also awarded the French Legion d'Honneur and the Lebanese National Order of the Cedar. William Callaghan joined the Defence Forces with the 13th Cadet Class in 1939. Every year, the "Lt Gen William Callaghan Sword" is awarded to the Cadet who displays the best tactical ability throughout their intensive officer training course in the Cadet School.

In an interview in April 1982 with American magazine "People," with UNIFIL having suffered 145 combat casualties in its previous 4 years, 35 of them fatalities, he said; "Peacekeeping is not about firing shots. Its about not firing and stopping those who are. We must look for trouble at the 4 points of the compass, and then we look behind our backs."

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

27th December 2015, 17:58
A great man and a great general. He was a great role model at home and abroad. A holy terror though with any officer whose standards fell short of what he expected.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dills.

MOD: Just a reminder to disable signatures when posting respects on the death of a comrade.

27th December 2015, 19:21
RIP Sir.

27th December 2015, 21:19
http://rip.ie/showdn.php?dn=275059/William (Bill)O_CALLAGHAN (LT. GEN. RETD.)/Templeogue/Dublin

27th December 2015, 22:04
God rest him.

I never met him, but I used to know one of his children, 30+ years ago!

Condolences to his family and friends.

29th December 2015, 15:20