Governor Carey and General Gerald C. Kelleher

Governor Hugh L. Carey pays off a World War II-era bet to General Gerald C. Kelleher. Governor Carey and General Kelleher were in the army together, in the 415th Infantry, 104th Division.

In 1945, they made a bet on who would reach Nazi-occupied Cologne first. They wagered a case of beer and a steak dinner. The Governor paid the General back with 11 cases of beer, and a map of the area in Germany. There was also a reception with other members of the 104th division. Of General Kelleher, Governor Carey said he was "the finest soldier I ever met in the uniform of the U.S. Army."

They are at the Executive Mansion in Albany.
Date Original
August 10 1978
New York State Archives. New York (State). Governor. Public information photographs, 1910-1992. Series 13703-82, Box 5, No. 11516_009.
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