Timothy McAuliffe: This is a photo of lifelong Gerritsen Beach resident John McAuliffe Sr, father of Jack McAuliffe and grandfather of Timothy McAuliffe. John, or Jocko as he was known, is on the bottom row, right side, hands folded under his chin. This picture was taken in 1918 at the site of the former Sheepshead Bay race track. All the men in the photo were members 14th Infantry regiment which briefly trained at that location. The unit later became the 106th Infantry Regiment of the New York 27th Infantry Division.
John was wounded in France in World War I during the Somme Offensive, Ypres-Lys defensive sector. Today,his purple heart still proudly hangs in my house on Plumb 1 Street. (Courtesy Timothy McAuliffe)