World War II veterans (Lawrence, MA)

wwiiThe library owns seventeen boxes of  5 x 10 inch index cards.  Each card contains an entry for individual servicemen and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.  As well as hand written name and address the card often contains newspaper clippings pasted on the card.  Colored tabs on individual cards designate deceased (black), female, (yellow), or disabled, wounded or MIA (green).     All the veterans contained in the boxes were Lawrence residents.  Just recently ( Oct. 4, 2010) with the help of volunteers, Joyce Bodenrader and Bill Wolfendale, there is now an index of these cards.   If you find a name of a relative contact the archivist ( for a copy of the card.  There is also a photograph of the construction of the memorial on the Common  dedicated to the veterans of the 2nd World War, Jean Kochman‘s USO scrapbooks, photographs in the Essick family papers, Alphonse Napolitano photos, photographs and scrapbooks from George Garside, and a blue star flag.

Building the World War II Memorial Lawrence Common

World War II Veterans

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PQ, R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z

The Lawrence World War II Honor Roll, shown here under construction, was dedicated to the servicemen of World War II.  9,400 men and women were placed up on all four sides of memorial July 4, 1944.  It was made of wood and blew down in a hurricane in the 1950s.   A more permanent memorial was built at the cost of $20,000 in 1947.  The monument has a bronze figure of Columbia sheathing her sword.  More than 300 Lawrence war dead were engraved on the monument.

Here is a list of Gold Star servicemen from Lawrence who gave the ultimate sacrifice.




8 Responses

  1. […] as a baker at Swift’s Bakery on South Broadway for his working life and served in the army during World War II as a baker.  He died October 8, […]

  2. Afriend of mine directed me to this site. Just found three relatives. Fantastic that this is here! Thank you for all of the long hard work that must have gone into this. Lisa Marcello

  3. It’s amazing how many Lawrence brothers were sent into the military doing that time in history. My mother’s uncle, Michael Bastek, was killed towards the very end of the European conflict, but I don’t know how. I am very grateful that there at least a start for my journey. Thankyou

  4. My Dad is on this list. He served in the Navy. Thank you for honoring all of our WW2 veterans. They are the reason we are free.

  5. My father is listed (twice) among the index card collection for World War II veterans. He is listed as “Frank N. Liversidge” and “Norman F. Liversidge” (same person) at 325 High Street. This name problem followed him all his life. He filled out official forms using both variations.

  6. I found my 2 uncles, Tony & Benjamin DeLuca, but don’t see my dad, Nicholas J., or his brother, Americo. All four brothers served their call to duty.

  7. My Dads name is there but it is spelled wrong. they spelled it Stanley Gedomski…. the right way is Stanley Gadomski. also my uncle Stanley Zukoskis name is spelled wrong…they spelled it as zukowski… hope the mistakes are corrected

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