Salem Massachusetts AOH Honors Prince William County’s Mike Tivnan, USMC (ret.)

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Provided by Virginia Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH)

Maj. Mike Tivnan, USMC (ret.)

Maj. Mike Tivnan, USMC (ret.)

The Ancient Order of Hibernians established a division in Salem, Massachusetts in 1901.  It was known as Division 18, Essex County for 114 years.  This year the Hibernians of Division 18 identified a gentleman of exemplary character, quality, and Irish-Catholic heritage to serve as their role model; a person for whom their division would be known in perpetuity.  Major Mike Tivnan, USMA (ret.) a Salem native, was that man.  On September 17, in ceremony featuring members of the U.S Congress, the Mayor of Salem,  AOH dignitaries, and the Tivnan family, Division 18 was renamed the Major John “Mike” Tivnan Division 18, Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Mike was well known in Virginia AOH circles. All Virginia Hibernians mourned with Mike’s family last year when Mike entered the Fiddler’s Green, that very special place in heaven reserved for military heroes.   Mike was a Marine helicopter pilot who served two tours in Viet Nam and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.  He served President Lyndon B. Johnson as a pilot in Marine Helicopter Squadron One.

Mike retired from the Marines and joined the AOH and in 1982 Mike founded and served as charter president of the Lt Col Jack Dowd Division (PW01) in Woodbridge.  Mike, an Irish-American at his core, was a humble man.  For example, how many knew he graduated from the prestigious Ivy League’s Columbia University?  Who knew Mike was honored as a Life Member of the AOH?

Honors well deserved!

104 Boston Street, Salem, Massachusetts

104 Boston Street, Salem, Massachusetts

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