Thank you for your example of service and bravery.
ByDavid Lydon, Flagler County Veterans Services Officer
| 9:00 a.m. March 16, 2023
Palm Coast Observer
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Joseph P. Leahy III
Branch of Military: U.S. Navy
Dates of Service: 1984-2012
Rank/Occupation: Captain/Commanding Officer, Naval Construction Forces
Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
Joseph Leahy took the oath of office and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an ensign in 1984. Educated as civil engineer, he served in the Naval Construction Forces and was qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist. Leahy served in many leadership positions through his career and rose to the rank of captain. In 2007, he was deployed to Southwest Asia as commanding officer of a combat construction unit with operational control of 650 Seabees and support of another 1500. Among his many awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal with three oakleaf clusters, Navy, and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three oakleaf clusters, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He was employed in management for various textile companies over the years in his civilian capacity. Leahy has been married to his wife, Bina, for 48 years. He is an avid fan of motorsports and attends races regularly. Leahy is the American Legion Post 115, 3rd Vice Commander here in Flagler County, responsible for programs, fundraising and Boys State.