The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division in Alexandria, Virginia is named after two local men – Frank Herbert and Pat Cady. Both were veterans, Irishmen, and active leaders who helped to create a vibrant Irish-American community in Alexandria and the Washington, DC area.
Frank moved to the area in 1941 to work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. When the United States joined World War II, Frank was assigned to the 805th Engineer Aviation Battalion and shipped to the Pacific, where his battalion was awarded unit citations for their work under fire. After the war, Frank became involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Soldiers Home, the Irish-American Club, and a variety of local Irish causes. He joined the Ballyshanners of Old Town Alexandria, and was a leader in the Ancient Order of Hibernians John F. Kennedy Division. In 2000, he was named Gael of the Year by the Washington, DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
Pat was born in Boston and joined the US Navy after high school. In the Navy, Pat was trained as a photographer just before Pearl Harbor, and ended up shipped out to the Pacific. Pat spent the war photographing the troops (including by manning the last plane on bombing missions, to record what was done by the planes ahead). After the war, Pat was stationed in Washington, DC where he worked as a professional photographer. Around tours in Japan and Korea, Pat became active in the John F Kennedy Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as well as the Irish-American Club, the Police Emerald Society, the Roscommon Society, and the Ballyshanners of Alexandria. in 1998, he was named Gael of the Year by the Washington, DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.