John Johnson Remembered

Only Some Were Called --- part 2

by Bobby Blair
May 27, 2018

Capt. Nathan Hale
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.

Benjamin Hamlet is buried at the town's Central Burial Ground. He still has family living in town.

Leo Clancy would become Holliston's last country doctor who made house calls. His office was at the corner of Washington and Pleasant Streets.

The GAR building around the turn of the century.

The old veterans honor roll at town hall was built by Lewis "Buck"  Moore, Supt.. of the Highway. Note the former high School in the upper left of the photo.

Joseph Serocki was a member of the 15th Infantry Regiment., 3rd Infantry Div. and was killed in action on November 9th 1944. He is buried in Avold France.

William Sheehan of Green Street was one of a few who saw service in both WWI & WWII.

The American Legion color guard passes what is now the Holliston Superette. Pappy Shea could be on the right and my own grandfather Jerome Moore to the left of him.

The Rossini brothers Walter and Alex aboard ship in the South Pacific during WWII.

Walter Rossini above would hold the title of the town's second oldest vet until several years ago.

Francis Finn would serve with Patton's army in WWII. Finn and his brother Raymond ran a Mobil Station at the corner of Concord and Washington Street for many years.

Laura Hines formerly  of Winter Street served as a nurse in Qui Nhon Vietnam.

Bert Gates and his brother Clarence ran a automotive repair shop in East Holliston in front of McCormick Fire Station. Bert was the longtime finance officer for the American Legion and local lore says he carried all the posts funds around in a cigar box.

 

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Comments (5)

Thank you for including my grandfather, William Sheehan. I was able to save the picture so I now have a copy of it. I remember seeing it at my nana's house on Green Street.

- Ann Johnson Kampersal | 5/29/18 6:54 AM

Great article Mayor, wonderful that you have preserved the old photos and their importance to the town. First Memorial Day I have missed in over forty years, Thank you for all you do for our community.

- George Snow | 5/28/18 12:19 PM

Thanks for sharing

- John Saulen | 5/27/18 6:04 PM

Thanks Bob for including my g.g.grandfather, Benjamin S. Hamlet in your list of Holliston's WWII military men. Benjamin served in the C.W., Co. C, 30th Regiment Mass. Volunteers, under Gen. Benjamin Butler in New Orleans. He also served in the battle of Cedar Creek, Va. where he encountered a saber wound to the hip. 1823 - 1907.

- Shirley (Hamlet) Chipman | 5/27/18 10:43 AM

Loved reading and seeing pictures of our veterans. Much to my surprise i found a creative from my family tree. Thank you

- KathyClapp | 5/27/18 7:07 AM

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