Worcester Free Public Library

Memorial Squares


ABDELNOUR SQUARE
Hamilton & Commonweath Ave
in Memory of
Capt. Underwood J. Abdelnour, USAF
Born: May 20, 1909
Killed in action in France
August 18, 1944

ABRAHAM SQUARE
Houghton & Salford
in Memory of
Pvt. Abdow Abraham
Born: August 30, 1924
Killed in action in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
January 31, 1944

ABRAMSON SQUARE
Southwest Cutoff & Greenwood
in Memory of
Carl L. Abramson
Private Co. ?I? 328th Infantry
Born: September 10, 1891
Died of wounds Meuse-Argonne, France
October 18, 1918

ADAMS ROTARY
Pleasant St, Bailey Rd & Airport Dr
in Memory of
L/Cpl. George Francis Adams, USMC
Born: December 4, 1947
Killed in Action-Thua Thien, S. Vietnam
March 18, 1968

LT. PAUL ADAMS SQUARE
Southwest Cutoff & Sunderland Rd.
in Memory of
Lt. Paul Adams
Born: April 2, 1924
Killed in plane crash
May 14, 1949

ALBERTS SQUARE
Fifth Ave & Raymond St
in Memory of Albert S. Abrahamson
Electrician 2nd Class USNRF
Born: February 24, 1897
Died: September 26, 1918 at Navel Hospital, Newport, RI
and
Albert L. Johnson
Engineer 2nd Class USNRF
Born: May 20, 1896
Killed: March 19, 1915-Explosion on board “Manley”-Irish Coast

ANTUL BROTHERS SQUARE
West Boylston St. in front of St. Christopher’s Church
in Memory of
Henry Joseph Antul Walter Paul Antul
Private, U.S. Army, WW II U.S. Army, WW II
Born: October 8, 1924 Born: June 5, 1920
Killed in action in France Killed in action in Luxemburg
June 23, 1944 January 22, 1944

ARRAJ SQUARE
Norfolk & Grotn Place
in Memory of
William J. Arraj
Born: April 7, 1921
Killed in action – Okinawa
April 19, 1945

ASSELIN SQUARE
James St, Ludlow St. and So. Ludlow St.
In memory of
Cpl. Norman A. Asselin, USMC
Born: April 13, 1916
Killed in Action – Tinian Island, Saipan
August 16, 1944

ATTELLA SQUARE
Hamilton & Ingleside Ave
in Memory of
Pvt. Edwin M. Attella
Born: July 18, 1925
Killed in Action in France
September 17, 1944

AUGER SQUARE
West Boylston St. and Airlie
in Memory of
Cpl. Alan Randy Auger, USMC
Born: August 20, 1968
Died- Persian Gulf War, Saudi Arabia
March 9, 1991

Baker Square
North & Signorney
in Memory of
Private Isadore W. Baker
Born: July 12, 1896
Killed in battle Meuse-Argonne, France
October 13, 1918

Banis Square
Dorcester & Houghton
in Memory of
S/Sgt. Joseph J. Banis T/Sgt. Paul P. Banis
Born: August 9, 1908 Born: July 31, 1921
Died in France Missing in Action
July 7, 1944 December 17, 1944

BARTLEY SQUARE
Highland & West STS.
in Memory of
Lt. Harry E. Bartley Jr.
Born: July 31, 1922
Killed in action – Barby, Germany
April 11, 1945

BEATTY SQUARE
Belmont & Lake Ave.
in Memory of
Sgt. James M. Beatty
Born: July 19, 1893
Killed in Battle – Aisne-Marne, France
July 28, 1918

BEINAR SQUARE
Harlem & Vernon STS.
in Memory of
Lt. Theopilus E. Beinar, USAF
Born: November 28, 1919
Killed in plane flight at Elmshausen Bergstrasse, Erback, Germany
April, 13, 1944

BENCHLEY SQUARE
Foster & Commercial Sts
in Memory of
Lieutenant Edmund N. Benchley
Born: March 3, 1876 in Worcester
Entered West Point 1894 – Graduated April 1898
Assigned 6th U.S. Infantry
Killed in action July 1, 1898 – Battle of San Juan, Cuba
Buried in National Cemetery, West Point

BERNARDI SQUARE
Wall & Suffolk STS.
in Memory of
Pvt. Michael F. Bernardi
Born: March 11, 1923
Killed in action – Brittany, France
August 22, 1944

BEYROUTY SQUARE
Wall & Norfolk STS.
in Memory of
Pvt. George Beyrouty
Born: July 15, 1895
Killed in battle at Chatel Chehery, France
October 3, 1918

BILLINGS SQUARE
Grafton, Orient, & Hamilton Sts. (as of 10/3/96, not put back up)
in Memory of
Mechanic Henry W. Billings
Born: July 20, 1894
Killed in battle at Meuse-Argonne, France
October 19, 1918

BIRD SQUARE
Massasoit Rd. & Blithewood Rd.
in Memory of
S/Sgt Howard L. Bird
Born: February 20, 1920
Killed in action-Anzio Beach Head, Italy
March 23, 1944
and
A.V. CAD. Kenneth E. Bird
Born: November 29. 1922
Died in Valdosta, GA
December 4, 1944

BIRTZ SQUARE
Hamilton St. at Lake Park
in Memory of
Pvt. Louis Birtz
Battery A 19th Field Artillery
Born October 3, 1898
Died of wounds in France
August 22, 1918

Blanchard Square
Cambridge & South Crystal Sts.
in Memory of
Pvt Norman A. Blanchard
Company D 2nd Ammuntion Train
Born: November 9, 1899
Killed in action
November 9, 1918

BOLDUC SQUARE
Providence & Dorcester Sts.
in Memory of
PFC Roland A. Bolduc
Born: April 4, 1923
Killed in action – Battle of the Bulge
December 19, 1944

BORCI SQUARE
Shrewsbury & Adams Sts.
in Memory of
PFC Mario J. Borci 3/C P.O. Louis C. Borchi
Born: October 20, 1917 Born: July 22, 1925
Died in Rechicourt, France Died in Okinawa
November 10, 1944 May 4, 1945

BORGESTON SQUARE
Eastern Ave & Prospect St.
in Memory of
Corp. Albert W. Borgeson
Born: March 20, 1896
DIED: Gased in France
December 14, 1920

BOTT SQUARE
Endicott & Millbury Street
in Memory of
Pvt. Fred J. Bott Jr.
Born: March 31, 1935
Killed in action in Korea
November 3, 1952

BOURKE SQUARE
South Crystal & Canterbury
in Memory of
Charles E. Bourke, USN
Born: March 19, 1988
Killed on Destroyer Burrows

January 19, 1918

BROSNIHAN SQUARE
Millbury & Harding Sts

in Memory of
Pvt. John F. Brosnihan
Born: December 8, 1895
Killed in battle at Meuse-Argonne, France
October 14, 1918

BROWN SQUARE
Franklin & Plantation Sts.
in Memory of
Pvt. Harry A. Brown
Born: August 16, 1888
Died at Brest, France
March 5, 1919

BROWN SQUARE
May & Lovell STS.
in Memory of
S/SGT John E. Brown
Born: January 24, 1923
Killed over Rockanje, Holland
February 14, 1945

BURKE SQUARE
Main & Ripley Sts.
in Memory of
S/SGT Stephen F. Burke
Born: November 6, 1920
Killed in action – Burma
March 31, 1943

BURZYNSKI SQUARE
Brierway Dr. & Blithewood aVe.
in Memory of
Ph. M1C Mieczyslaus B. Burzynski
Born: April 18, 1921
Died: USS Partridge – English Channel
June 11, 1944

CAPITE SQUARE
Merrifield & East Shelby
in Memory of
F/O Joseph V. Capite
Born: December 4, 1917
Killed in action at Syracuse- Sicily, Italy
July 9, 1943

CARDWELL SQUARE
Baker & Wayne Sts.
in Memory of
PFC James P. Cardwell
Born: March 26, 1925
Killed in action – USS Ticonderoga
January 21, 1945

CHALIFOUX SQUARE
Lancaster & Salisbury Sts
in Memory of
Pvt. Arthur J. Chalifoux
Born: August 18, 1919
Killed in action – Italy
December 30, 1943

CHAPLIN SQUARE
May & Chandler Sts, Northwest Junction
in Memory of
Fred W. Chaplin
Private 48th Balloon Company
Born: December 7, 1889
Died of Pneumonia – Fort Omaha, Nebraska
October 22, 1918

CODERE SQUARE
Heywood & Massasoit Rd.
in Memory of
Lt. Frederick J. Codere R.T. 3/c Edward F. Codere
Born: April 29, 1918 Born: June 17, 1922
Killed at Nagoya Bay, Japan Killed in action-Ikinawa, Japan
February 21, 1946 March 26, 1945

COFSKY SQUARE
Southgate & Litchfield

in Memory of
Tech. Sgt. George F. Cofsky
Born: March 29, 1911
Killed in action – Italy
July 7, 1944

COURTNEY SQUARE
Intersection of Park Ave & Mill St
in Memory of
Edward Joseph Courtney
Born: August 23, 1926
Died in the Service of his Country
March 27, 1946
Radarman 3/C U.S. Navy, WWII

COVELLO SQUARE
Norfolk & Villanova Sts.
in Memory of
PFC Frank H. Covello
Born: August 2, 1924
Killed in action at Germany
March 28, 1945

CURTIS SQUARE
Lincoln & Boylston Sts
in Memory of
Lt. Robert L. Curtis
Born: February 5, 1921
U.S. 8th Air Force
Missing over Kiel, Germany
June 13, 1943

DAIGNEAULT SQUARE
Hollis & Gates Sts.
in Memory of
Sgt. Joseph R. Daigneault
Born: October 25, 1942
Killed in action – South Viet Nam
May 20, 1968

DALY SQUARE
Near 22 Minthorne St
in Memory of
Sgt. Richard E. Daly, Jr. USA
Awarded Silver Star & Purple Heart
For Gallantry in Action
Born: December 6, 1946
Died October 12, 1973

DANAHY SQUARE
North Ashland & Bowdoin
in Memory of
S1/C David A. Danahy
Born: December 9, 1921
Drowned at Sea – USS New Bedford
July 11, 1944

DANKER SQUARE
Highland & Park Ave.
in Memory of
Chaplain Walton S. Danker
Born: January 26, 1874
Died of Wounds received at Roy-Au-Miex, France
June 18, 1918

DANNA SQUARE
Shrewsbury & Hill
in Memory of
PFC Tristano Danna
Born: February 25, 1918
Killed in action – Andilly, France
November 3, 1944

DAVITT SQUARE
Pleasant & Park Ave.
in Memory of
Chaplain William F. Davitt
Born: December 8, 1886
Killed in action – Meuse-Argonne, France
November 11, 1918

DAY SQUARE
Austin & Piedmont Sts
in Memory of
Pvt. Richard A. Day Jr.
Born: December 6, 1919
Died of wounds received between Varnack and Darven, Germany
November 14, 1944

DEANGELIS SQUARE
Shrewsbury & Prentice Sts
in Memory of
Lt. Col. Albert P. DeAngelis, USA
89th AA GUN BN
Born: March 13, 1920
Died at Worcester, MA
November 24, 1988

DEE SQUARE
Park Ave and Institute Rd
in Memory of
Pvt Richard P. Dee, USMC
Born March 12, 1926
Killed in action – Iwo Jima
March 8, 1945

DEEDY SQUARE
Montrose & Euclid Sts.
in Memory of
LT John J. Deedy
Born: September 22, 1914
Wounded in battle – St. Lo, France
Died in England
July 28, 1944

DEGAETANO SQUARE
Harrington Way & Franklin Sts
in Memory of
PFC John J. DeGaetano
Born: January 8, 1922
Wounded July 4, 1944, France
Died: March 29, 1968

DELLEFEMINE SQUARE
Gage & Ford Sts
in Memory of
Tech Sgt. John P. Dellefemine
Born: October 5, 1918
Killed in action – Corville, France
October 7, 1944

DEMARS SQUARE
Main & May Sts
In Memory of
Pfc Alphonse A. DeMars Pvt. Norman E. Demars
Born: March 31, 1920 Born: August 15, 1926
Killed in action – Cherbourg, France Killed in action-
August 22, 1944 Luxembourg, Germany
March 22, 1945

DICICCO SQUARE
Alameda & Massasoit Rds
in Memory of
Theodore Dicicco
Born: October 26, 1926
Died in Germany
February 11, 1945

DION SQUARE
Canterbury & Walpole St
in Memory of
Lt. Albert L. Dion
Born: November 22, 1918
Killed – Beveridge, England
August 12, 1944

DIREDA SQUARE
Muskeego & Shrewsbury Sts
in Memory of
Pfc Robert J. DiReda, USA
Born: September 27, 1943
Killed in action – South Vietnam
March 30, 1996

DITULLIO SQUARE
Belmont at Prentice Sts
in Memory of
T/4 Anthony J. DiTullio, Died November 13, 1986
TM3 Edwino P. DiTullio, Died October 2, 1976
WO Rinaldo A. DiTullio, Died February 25, 1967
FI/C Silvio M. DiTullio, Died June 16, 1970

DROHAN SQUARE
Chatham & High Sts
in Memory of
Corporal Walter T. Drohan
Born: February 7, 1981
Died in service – in France
October 27, 1918

DUBOIS SQUARE
Englewood Ave. & Minthorne St.
in Memory of
Sgt. Raymond P. Dubois
Born: August 31, 1899
Veteran WW I & WW II
Died: Framingham, MA
March 19, 1918

DUMAS SQUARE
Cohasset & Puritan Ave
in Memory of
AR 2/C Robert T. Dumas USNR
Award DFC for Heroism
Born: February 24, 1922
Killed in action – Korean Caost
July 24, 1945

EARLE SQUARE
Salisbury & West Sts.
in Memory of
Rear Admiral Ralph, Earle, US Navy
Born, May 3, 1874
Died in Worcester
February 13, 1939

EKLUND SQUARE
Vernon & Upsala Sts
in Memory of
Corporal George Eklund
Born: September 13, 1888
Died in service – in France
March 17, 1918

ESPAS SQUARE
Elm & Russell Sts
in Memory of
5 Boys Who Gave Their Lives
in the Service of Their Country
in World War II

Lt. John P. Elopoulos 1/CG John Stevens
Born: October 26, 1918 Born: October 3, 1924
Killed – Nettuno, Italy Killed – Denver, Colorado
June 29, 1944 December 16, 1943

Lt. John Pirpos Lt. George Anderson
Born: November 8, 1924 Born: January 16, 1923
Killed – Nettuno, Italy Killed – Paxton, MA
January 7, 1945 June 13, 1947

1/C P.O. Demos Stavos
Born: December 8, 1924
Lost of Coast St. America
Died: November 28, 1943

ESPER SQUARE
Dorchester & Arthur
in Memory of
Lt. Joseph Esper
Born January 24, 1922
Killed in action – Tecklenburg, Germany
November 2, 1944

FERGUSON SQUARE
Claremont & Silver Sts
in Memory of
HT 1/C Joseph Ferguson, USNR
Born: March 19, 1913
Died: June 26, 1977
Served – WW II and Korean Conflict

FERGUSON SQUARE
Courtland & Geneva
in Memory of
S1/C Gerald E. Ferguson
Born: June 16, 1922
Killed in action – S.S.J.H. Senior
August 18, 1943

FERRIS SQUARE
Cambridge & Freemont
in Memory of
Pvt. Thomas H. Ferris
Company G. 305th Infantry
Born: July 11, 1890
Died in Worcester
January 31, 1920

FITZGERALD SQUARE
Hamilton St. & Lake Ave.
in Memory of
Sgt. Ray A. Fitzgerald
Killed in action – Aboard SS Dorchester
Which was mined off Greenland
February 3, 1943

FITZGERALD SQUARE
Southbridge & College Hill
in Memory of
Lieutenant William P. Fitzgerald
Company M 101st Infantry
Born: December 15, 1891
Killed in Action – Second Battle of the Marne, France
July 15, 1918

FLAMINIO SQUARE
Belmont & Plantation Sts
in Memory of
Patsy Flaminio Thomas Flaminio
Born: January 12, 1914 Born: November 11, 1919
Died in Germany Killed in action-Luxembourg
April 12, 1945 January 9, 1945

FLANAGAN SQUARE
Grove St. & Park Ave
in Memory of
Pvt. Thomas F. Flanagan
Born: June 1, 1893
Killed in Toul Sector, France
April 4, 1918

FLIBBERT SQUARE
Camp & Southgate
in Memory of
Pvt. Stanis C. Flibbert
Company H 104th Infantry
Born: November 5, 1895
Killed in action at Meuse-Argonne, France
October 23, 1918

FLYNN SQUARE
Pattison and Vernon Sts
in Memory of
CPL Walter M. Flynn
Born: December 26, 1925
Killed in action – North Korea
November 28, 1950

FOX SQUARE
Chandler & Claridge Dr
in Memory of
PFC Robert W. Fox, USMC
Born: August 13, 1920
Killed in action – Tarawa, Gilbert Islands
November 20, 1943

FRENCH SQUARE
Main & Apricot Sts.
in Memory of
Private Charles F. French
Battery E 102nd Field Artillery
Born: January 21, 1897
Killed in action – Seicheprey, France
April 20, 1918

FRIGON SQUARE
Penn Ave & Aetna
in Memory of
PFC Philip N. Frigon
Born: March 31, 1923
Killed in action – Luxemburg, Germany
March 1, 1945

FROSTHOLM SQUARE
W. Boylston St. & W. Boylston Dr.
in Memory of
Lieut. J. Henry Frostholm
14th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: August 3, 1894 – Died October 19, 1918
Killed in action at Meuse-Argonne, France

and

Sgt. Neils E. Frostholm
Battery E 102nd Field Artillery
Born: December 5, 1892 – Died: July 28, 1918
Killed in action at Chateau Thierry, France

GABOURY SQUARE
Grand & Douglas Sts.
in Memory of
Sgt. Joseph Gaboury
Born: December 7, 1917
Killed in action – Orbek, France
November 11, 1944

GARDNER SQUARE
Main & Stafford St
in Memory of
Corp. Leroy W. Gardner
Born: March 23, 1888
Killed in Battle – Aisne-Marne, France
July 7, 1918

GATTI SQUARE
Gage & Berkley Sts
in Memory of
Pvt. Frank W. Gatti
Born: September 8, 1915
Killed in action – Aachen, Germany
November 21, 1944

GAUCHER SQUARE
Burncoat & Quinapoxet Lane
in Memory of
First Lt. Lionel F.A. Gaucher
Born: August 25, 1920
Died at Ste Marguerite Des Loges, France
June 25, 1944
and
PFC Paul E. Gaucher
Born: April 28, 1924
Died at Lecheneck, Germany
July 6, 1945

GENTILE SQUARE
Shrewsbury & Seward Sts.
in Memory of
PFC Edward J. Gentile
Born: December 25, 1925
Killed in action – Bras, Belgium
January 2, 1945

GERMAIN SQUARE
Webster & Lyman Sts.
in Memory of
PFC Robert F. Germain
Born: September 18, 1919
Killed in action – Anzio Beach, Italy
April 22, 1944

GIARD SQUARE
Cohasset St. & Farrar Ave
in Memory of
S/SGT Robert N. Giard
Born: January 30, 1920
Killed in action over Germany
July 10, 1944

GIBSON SQUARE
May & Silver Street
in Memory of
S1/C Richard M. Gibson
Born: February 11, 1926
Killed in action – European Theatre
April 28, 1944

GIGUERE SQUARE
in front of 621 Chandler St
in Memory of
Lt. Henry P. Giguere
Born: April 22, 1920
Killed in action – Munich, Germany
July 16, 1944

GRABOWSKI SQUARE
Washington & Harding Sts.
in Memory of
Pvt. Joseph W. Grabowski
Born January 1898
Died of Wounds Received in Battle
St. Mihiel, France
October 15, 1918

GRAVES SQUARE
Plantation & Almont Sts.
in Memory of
Charles J. Graves, Fireman
Born: May 5, 1894
Lost at Sea when “Ticonderoga” was Torpedoed
September 30, 1918

GREANY SQUARE
Fruit & Hampden Sts.
in Memory of
S2/C Paul V. Greany
Born: April 23, 1927
Drowned off Honshu, Japan
August 11, 1945

GREENHALGH SQUARE
Dutton & Davenport
in Memory of
Lt. Richard Greenhalgh
Born: March 1, 1922
Missing in action – New Guinea
March 5, 1944

GRENIER SQUARE
Hamilton & Trahan Sq
in Memory of
Sgt. Philip S. Grenier
US ARMY RANGER
Born: February 9, 1962
Killed in action – Grenada
October 27, 1983

GUMINSKI SQUARE
Ward & Seymour Sts
in Memory of
S/Sgt. Edward S. Guminski
Born: July 15, 1921
Killed in action – Italy
December 25, 1944

GURWITZ SQUARE
Providence & Holcombe
in Memory of
PFC Nathan “Sonny” Gurwitz
Born: January 3, 1922
Lost at Sea
March 13, 1945

HAYWARD SQUARE
Chandler & June Sts
in Memory of
Lt. Fred H. Hayward
Born: November 16, 1918
Killed in action – Dieppe, France
April 4, 1943

HIRSHBERG SQUARE
Chandler & Hawden Rd
in Memory of
Lt. Jack H. Hirshberg
Born: January 12, 1924
Killed in action – Kaiserlauten, Germany
December 28, 1944

HOBBS SQUARE (as of 10/3/96 in storage)
Union & School Sts.
in Memory of
1st Lieut. Warren T. Gobbs
Born: November 3, 1895
Killed in Battle at Ypres, France
June 26, 1918

HOGG SQUARE
Elm & West Sts.
in Memory of
Pvt. Robert H. Hogg
Born: September 2, 1883
Killed in Battle – Chavignon, France
March 18, 1918

HUNTOON SQUARE
Lincoln St., fronting on land of Worcester Girls’ Club & from railroad underpass to Keefe Place
in Memory of
PFC Richard Francis Huntoon
Born: June 20, 1925
Killed in action at Iwo Jima
March 8, 1945

HURLEY SQUARE
Ballard & Millbury Sts
in Memory of
Corporal Patrick J. Hurley
Born: 1890
Died of wounds received in battle- Verdun, France
October 12, 1918

ISRAELIAN SQUARE
Intersection of Burncoat & Lincoln Sts.
in memory of
Pvt. Arakel Israelian
Born: April 22, 1918
Killed in action – Metz, Germany
October 11, 1944

JANDRON SQUARE
Esther & Upsala Sts.
in Memory of
GM3/C Richard Leo Jandron
Born: July 26, 1923
Wounded near Cherbourg, France
Died in England
July 9, 1944

JENSEN SQUARE
Hope Ave. & Webster St.
in Memory of
Sgt. Frederick L. Jensen
Died at Zebrinovac, District Krizevac, Hungary
November 20, 1944

GEORGE A. JOHNSON SQUARE

West Boylston & East Mountain Sts.
in Memory of
Private George A. Johnson
Born: December 19, 1889
Killed in Battle – La Fere, France
July 28, 1918

JOHNSON SQUARE
Southbridge & Cambridge Sts.
in Memory of
Pvt. Oscar A. Johnson
Born: August 26, 1895
Killed in Toul Sector, France
April 16, 1918

JURGELIONIS SQUARE
South & Shannon Sts.
in Memory of
MM1/C Julius F. Jurgelionis
Born: May 30, 1921
Killed at Okinawa
April 10, 1945

KACEVICH SQUARE
Arthur & Grafton Sts.
in Memory of
S2C Vincent Stanley Kacevich
Killed in action
November 2, 1942
When vessel was torpedoed & sunk

KACHOIAN SQUARE
Piedmont & Jacques Ave.
in Memory of
PFC Jasper Kachoian
Born: December 30, 1923
Killed in action – Germany
February 1, 1945

KAMANDULIS SQUARE
Vernon & Ward Sts
in Memory of
Corp. John J. Kamandulis
Born: August 21, 1918
Killed in action – St. Louent, France
August 7, 1944

KAPLAN SQUARE
Water & Harrison Sts.
in Memory of
St. Sgt. Harold Kaplan
Born: September 7, 1918
Killed in England
January 22, 1943

KATZ SQUARE
Ledge & Waverly Sts
in Memory of
Private Maxwell B. Katz
Company C 104th Infantry
Born: June 4, 1899
Killed in action at Aisne-Marne, France
July 20, 1918

KEATING SQUARE
Franklin, Green Sts & Worcester Center Blvd.
in Memory of
Pvt. Thomas F. Keating
Born: August 23, 1906
Killed in action – Brouvelieurs, France
October 20, 1944

KELLEY SQUARE
Green & Harding Sts.
in Memory of
Sgt. Cornelius F. Kelley
Born: December 18, 1887
Died of wounds received in battle
Verdun, France
October 13, 1918

KIGAS SQUARE
Harding & Endicott Sts.

in Memory of
S/Sgt. George A. Kigas Pvt. Walter J. Kigas
Born: July 23, 1916 Born: December 16, 1914
Killed in Germany Killed in Italy
February 26, 1945 April 9, 1944

KIMBAR SQUARE
Arlington & Pattison Sts.

in Memory of
Sgt. Edward S. Kimbar
Who died October 20, 1943
At Camp Campbell, Kentucky

KIRMINAS SQUARE
Providence & Aetna Sts.

in Memory of
T/Sgt. Daniel V. Kirminas
Born: August 12, 1920
Killed in action – Neuss, Germany
March 1, 1945

KNIGHT SQUARE
Burncoat & Clark Sts.

in Memory of
1st Liet. Henry Rockwood Knight
Born: January 9, 1886
Killed at Bois Brule
Battle of Apremont, France
April 12, 1918

KOSCIUSZEK SQUARE
Providence & Upsala Sts

in Memory of
S/Sgt. Peter P. Kosciuszek
Born August 5, 1919
Killed in Japan
July 4, 1944

KOURI SQUARE
Hamilton & Delmont Ave

in Memory of
Pvt. William G. Kouri
Born: September 26, 1924
Killed in action – St. Lo, France
July 10, 1944

KRASINAKAS SQUARE
Mill & First Sts

in Memory of
Pvt. Edward J. Krasinskas, USA
Born: August 14, 1917
Killed in action – France
July 10, 1944

KURAISA SQUARE
Stockton & Fairbanks Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Charles S. Kuraisa
Born: March 24, 1918
Died at Camp Cabantuan, Philippine Islands
July 10, 1942

KUSTIGIAN SQUARE
Main St. & Goddard Memorial Dr.

in Memory of
CPO Michael J. Kustigian, USN
Born: March 9, 1949
Died: Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam
May 5, 1968

LADAGO SQUARE
Delmont Ave & Bedford Sts.

in Memory of
PFC George Ladago
Born: February 22, 1924
Killed in action – Iwo Jima
February 22, 1945

LAMB SQUARE
Park Ave, Mill St. & Park Ave Ext.

in Memory of
Corporal Henry L. Lamb
Born: July 21, 1896
Killed in battle at Ville-Devant-Chaumont, France
November 10, 1918

LAMBERT SQUARE
Mill St. in front of Tatnuck Post American Legion Bldg.

in Memory of
Lt. Frederick H. Lambert
Born: November 27, 1920
Killed in action – Palermo, Sicily
October 24, 1943

LANGLEY SQUARE
Beacon St. & Ionic Ave

in Memory of
PFC Chester E. Langley
Born: May 25, 1922
Killed in action – Saipan
June 18, 1944

LARSON SQUARE
Gold Star Blvd. & Bourne

in Memory of
Corp. Leander T. Larson
Born: April 15, 1892
Died of wounds received in battle
Tresauvaux, France
October 19, 1918

LAUKAITIS SQUARE
Harding & Canton Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Joseph Laukaitis
Born: October 15, 1931
Killed in action – Hagaru-Ri, Korea
November 29, 1950

LAZARO SQUARE
Arthur & Acton Sts.

in Memory of
T/5 George Lazaro
Born: March 27, 1918
Killed in action – Germany
September 21, 1944

LEMAY SQUARE
Elmire & Hamilton
in Memory of
Aviation Radioman Lex O. Lemay
Gunner on U.S.S. Lexington
Bombing Squadron 16
Missing in action So. Pacific
June 20, 1944

LENIHAN SQUARE
Madison & Gold St.
in Memory of
Private John E. Lenihan
Born: December 10, 1890
Died at Worcester, Mass
November 28, 1921
From wounds received in France

LEONE SQUARE
Lincoln & Harlow Sts
in Memory of
Lt. Thomas J. Leone
Born: August 11, 1919
Killed in action in Brittany
December 4, 1944

LEWON SQUARE
Fenwood & Massasoit Rds

in Memory of
T/5 Walter S. Lewon
Born: May 18, 1923
Killed in action at Busigny-Nord, France
June 25, 1945

LINDBERG SQUARE
McKeon Rd & Butler St.

in Memory of
Capt. Walter E. Lindberg
Born: February 12, 1921
Killed in action – Korea
July 9, 1953

LIVERMORE SQUARE
Lovell & Berkmans Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Charles R. Livermore
Born: July 19, 1895
Killed in battle at Domart-Sur-Le-Luce, France
April 26, 1918

LONERGAN SQUARE
Vernon & Winthrop

in Memory of
Private John F. Lonergan
Born: August 4, 1892
Died in service in France
October 3, 1918

LUPISELLA SQUARE
Massasoit Rd and Allston Ave

in Memory of
Sgt. Anthony P. Lupisella
Born August 2, 1925
Died August 25, 1945

MACIEJEWSKI SQUARE
Perry Ave. & Seymour

in Memory of
Pvt. Frank Maciejewski
Born: June 14, 1909
Died on a Japanese Prison ship
September 7, 1944

MAGNAN SQUARE
Chatham & Irving Sts.

in Memory of
Sgt. Edward C. Magnan, USMC
Born: January 18, 1915
Killed in action – Guadacanal, Solomon Islands
January 26, 1943

MAILEA SQUARE
Mechanics & Foster Sts-cement traffic island

in Memory of
John T. Mailea
Private in Battery B102nd Field Artillery
Born: August 19, 1899
Killed in action at Tresawaux-Troyon, France
October 9, 1918

MALESKAS SQUARE
Providence & Waverly Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Alphonse B. Maleskas
Born: June 30, 1921
Killed in action in Normandy, France
June 20, 1944

MANCINI SQUARE
Shrewsbury & DeMarco Terrace

in Memory of
PFC Matteo M. Mancini
Born: September 22, 1925
Killed in action at Alsace-Lorraine, France
January 3, 1945

MARTELLO SQUARE
Shrewsbury St & DeMarco Terrace

in Memory of
S/Sgt John B. Martello
Born: January 4, 1918
Killed in action – Luxemburg
January 10, 1945

McDONALD SQUARE
Main & Wellington Sts

in Memory of
MM3/C Walter V. McDonald
Born: July 25, 1925
Killed aboard USS Conner
Tsingtao, China
December 9, 1945

McELHINNEY SQUARE
Pleasant St & Prouty Lane

in Memory of
A1-C William H. McElhinney
United States Air Force
Born: May 7, 1948
Died: April 16, 1986

McKEEBY SQUARE
Shrewsbury St.-Entrance to East Park

in Memory of
Sgt. Harry J. McKeeby
Born: September 15, 1899
Killed in battle – Houppy Bois, France
October 23, 1918

McINTYRE SQUARE
Midland & Huntley Sts.
Born: June 29, 1915
Killed in action – Okinawa
May 7, 1945

McKEON SQUARE
McKeon Rd & Cambridge St.

In Memory of Three McKeon Brothers
who were born, lived and educated in this
section of Worcester and who Laid Down
their lives in the Service of their Country

Corp. T/5 James B. McKeon Sgt 2/C Joseph W. McKeon
Born: October 28, 1920 Born: March 29, 1926
Killed in action-St. Lo, France Drowned in the English
August 1, 1944 Channel-June 9, 1944

Pvt. Robert E. McKeon
Born: April 12, 1927
Killed in Action – Korea
July 5, 1950

MENZIGIAN SQUARE
Dayton and West Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Aram Menzigian
Born: July 27, 1924
Killed in action in Normandy, France
June 30, 1944

MERCANDO SQUARE
Shrewsbury & Plum Sts

in Memory of
PFC Carmine V. Mercando
Born: December 24, 1912
Killed in action – Italy
April 19, 1945

MICKELSON SQUARE
Vernon & Esther Sts.

in Memory of
GM 3/C Carl R. Mickelson
Born: March 12, 1923
Killed in action – Anzio, Italy
February 15, 1944

MIERZEJEWSKI SQUARE
Vernon & Spurr Sts.

in Memory of
S2C Joseph J. Mierzejewski
Killed in action – Salerno, Italy
September 11, 1943

MIGAUCKAS SQUARE
Providence & Harrison Sts

in Memory of
Sergt Thomas J. Migauckas
Company C 101st Engineers
Born: May 5, 1891
Killed in action at St. Mihiel
September 12, 1918

MILLS SQUARE
Stafford & James Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Warren G. Mills
Born: January 12, 1925
Killed in action – Anzio Beach, Italy
April 3, 1944

MIXTER SQUARE
Mason & Winfield Sts.

in Memory of
Gordon Mixter, Seaman
Born: July 4, 1899
Died in Service at Yorktown, VA
October 20, 1918

MORAN SQUARE
May and Chandler Sts.

in Memory of
Corporal John Willard Moran
74th Co 6th Reg U.S. Marine Corps
Born: June 12, 1895
Died of Wounds – Belleau Woods, France
June 9, 1918

MORAN BROTHERS SQUARE
MaryAnn Dr and Thorton Rd

in Memory of
Edward J. Moran, Sgt, U.S. Army Milton F. Moran, PFC, U.S. Army
Born: January 28, 1912 Born: February 3, 1911
Died: September 27, 1987 Died: December 17, 1972

Veterans of World War II

MORRIS SQUARE
Chestnut & Bowdoin Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Victor C. Morris
Born: January 21, 1922
Killed in a plane crash-Alaska
While serving in Air Corp.-Rescue Squadron
March 4, 1945

MOYLAN SQUARE
Grafton St. & Fairmont Ave.

in Memory of
PFC Raymond L. Moylan
Born: February 12, 1923
Killed in action – Germany
April 4, 1945

MUIR SQUARE
Cambridge & Exeter Sts

in Memory of
Corporal James T. Muir
Company H, 104th Infantry
Born: April 26, 1894
Died in Worcester
May 22, 1924

MULVEHILL SQUARE
Mulberry & E. Central Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. James E. Mulvehill
Born: November 11, 1899
Killed at Chemin-Des-Dames, France
February 27, 1918

MURRAY SQUARE
Woodland & King Sts

in Memory of
Pvt. William W. Murray
Born: December 30, 1925
Killed in action – Iwo Jima
February 19, 1945

NANOF-PERISTERE SQUARE
Salisbury St. opposite Assumption College
in front of Albanian Church

in Memory of
P.O. 1/C Peter S. Nanof P.M. 2/C Victory L. Peristere
Born: August 28, 1992 Born: March 19, 1913
Died aboard USS Mindanao Lost at Sea when USS Warrington
Admirality Islands sunk in Mid-Atlantic
November 10, 1944 September 15, 1944

NORSIGIAN SQUARE
Salisbury & Dean Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. George H. Norsigian
Company H 104th Infantry
Born: October 20, 1896
Killed in action at Apremont, France
April 13, 1918

O’BRIEN SQUARE
Lake Park – Hamilton St. Side
Near Field House

in Memory of
Martin J. O’Brien
Born: January 2, 1918
Killed in action – Chonito Ridge, Guam
July 22, 1944

O’LEARY SQUARE
E. Central & Shrewsbury St. (Formerly Shrewsbury Sq.)

in Memory of
2nd Lieutenant Henry A. O’Leary
Born: April 3, 1898
Killed in battle at Meuse-Argonne, France
October 5, 1918

PACHANIAN SQUARE
Park Ave. & Elm St.

in Memory of
Lt. Zarah A. Pachanian
Born: April 4, 1920
Killed in action – Oahu, Hawaiian Islands
January 4, 1944

PAGE SQUARE
Cambridge & Nixon St.

in Memory of
Spec. 5 Addison W. Page, Jr.
Born: July 13, 1950
Killed in plane crash – Vietnam
October 7, 1971

PALERMO SQUARE
Shrewsbury & Mulberry Sts.

in Memory of
St/Sgt. Eugene R. Palermo
Born: December 14, 1923
Killed in action – St. Lo, France
August 7, 1944

VINCENT PALERMO SQUARE
Shrewsbury St & Imperial Road

in Memory of
PFC Vincent G. Palermo
Born: August 31, 1919
Killed in action – Bougainville
February 6, 1944

PAQUETTE SQUARE
Grove & Lancaster Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Joseph H. Paquette
Born: June 5, 1925
Killed in Italy
September 19, 1944

PERRY SQUARE

Blake & Fox Sts

in Memory of
Pvt. Arthur M. Perry
Born: May 30, 1894
Died in Hospital-Brest, France
September 29, 1918

PHILLIPS SQUARE
Salisbury & Flagg St

in Memory of
Capt. Frank E. Phillips, Jr.
Born: December 17, 1917
Killed in action-Saipan, Mariannas Islands
July 9, 1944

GENERAL JOSIAH PICKETT
Municipal Parking Lot-Chatham St, hallway between parking lot

in Memory of
General Josiah Pickett
Born: November 21, 1822
Died: January 14, 1908
Served in Union Army Civil War 1861 – 1865

POPHAM SQUARE
Julien Ave. & Massasoit Rd.

in Memory of
PFC Ralph W. Popham
Born: June 29, 1925
Killed over the Marshall Islands
April 20, 1944

POSNER SQUARE
Grafton & Water St.

in Memory of
Pvt. Harry J. Posner
Born: February 23, 1896
Killed in action at Bordeaux, France
June 20, 1918

POWER SQUARE
Madison & Washington Sts.

in Memory of
Sergt. Edward F. Power Private Patrick J. Power
Company G, 101st Infantry Battery B, 102nd Field Artillery
Born: June 2, 1897 Born: July 18, 1899
Died of wounds in France Died of wounds in France
November 1, 1918 October 17, 1918

POZZESSERE SQAURE
Massasoit Rd. & Sunderland Rd.

in Memory of
PFC Anthony F. Pozzessere
Born: August 25, 1921
Killed in action – Normandy, France
June 23, 1944

PROTANO SQUARE
Plantation & Solferino Sts.

in Memory of
Guy J. Portano, USMC
Born: December 6, 1947
Died in Vietnam
January 8, 1968

PRUSACZYK SQUARE
Ward & Worth Sts.

in Memory of
Sgt. John Francis Prusaczyk
Killed in action in Germany
February 9, 1945

CASIMIR PULASKI SQUARE
Ashmont, Millbury & Harding Streets

in Memory of
Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski
Born: 1748
Died: October 8, 1779
Battle of Savannah
Revolutionary War

PUSATERI SQUARE
Hamilton St & Harrington Way

in Memory of
Pvt. Anthony V. Pusateri
Born: July 25, 1918
Killed in action – Normandy, France
August 10, 1944

RADZIK SQUARE
Park Ave & Coes St.

in Memory of
Pvt. Walter Radzik
Born: June 27, 1910
Killed in Belgium
January 13, 1945

RAND SQUARE
Pleasant St & Hawden Lane

in Memory of
Pvt. Walter A. Rand
Born: September 9, 1892
Killed in Battle at Aisne-Marne, France
July 28, 1918

RANO SQUARE
Lake Ave at Sherbrook St

in Memory of
Lt. Carl R. Rano
Born: December 23, 1919
Missing in action at Zuider-Zui, Holland
December 16, 1943

ROBINSON SQUARE
Waverly & Coral Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Charles A. Robinson
Born: Feburary 2, 1922
Killed in action – St. Lo, France
July 13, 1944

ROCCO SQUARE
Cutler & Dorchester Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. James J. Rocco
Born: April 14, 1916
Killed in training- Camp Polk, Louisiana
March 24, 1943

RONAYNE SQUARE
Worcester Center Blvd-grass plot off ramp to Washington St.

in Memory of
Pvt. Raymond F. Ronayne
Born: September 7, 1901
Died at Fort Meyer
November 10, 1917

ROSEN SQUARE
May & June Sts.

in Memory of
BM 1/C Samuel Sonny Rosen, USNR
Born: August 16, 1909
Died: December 18, 1944
Luzon, Philippine Islands

ROUGHAN SQUARE
Florence & Beaver Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Thomas B. Roughan, Jr.
Born: August 24, 1921
Killed in action – Anzio Beach, Italy
May 24, 1944

ROY SQUARE
Hamilton St. & Pilgrim Ave.

in Memory of
PFC David P. Roy, USMC
Born: August 7, 1949
Killed in action – Quang Nam, South Vietnam
April 30, 1969

ROZEFSKY SQUARE
Grafton & Waverly Sts.

in Memory of
Corporal Harry Rozefsky
Born: April, 1890
Died of wounds received in battle
Meuse-Argonne, France
November 1, 1918

RUSZALA SQUARE
Sterling & Seymour Sts.

in Memory of
AV/Cadet Charles J. Ruszala
Born: March 1, 1921
Killed at Corpus Christi, Texas
May 18, 1943

FRANCIS P. RYAN SQUARE
Main & Grand Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Francis P. Ryan, USA
Born: June 26, 1916
Killed in action – France
August 5, 1944

RYAN SQUARE
Russell & Larch Sts.

in Memory of
Corp. William S. Ryan
Born: November 27, 1923
Died at Kiska, Aleutian Islands
December 26, 1943

RYAN SQUARE
Cambridge & Chelsea Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. John J. Ryan
Born: September 2, 1893
Killed in Battle at Meuse-Argonne, France
October 15, 1918

ST. ARMAND SQUARE
Hamilton & Fairmont Ave.

in Memory of
Corp. Robert. R. St. Armand
Born: April 19, 1924
Killed in action at Oidwerler, Germany
October 7, 1944


ST. GEORGE SQUARE
Park Ave. & May St.

in Memory of
Corporal Herbert St. George Private Raymond F. St. George
16th Company 5th Regiment Company G, 101st Infantry
U.S. Marines Born: January 24, 1899
Born: November 10, 1893 Killed in action near
Killed in action at Bois De Warville, France
Chateau Thierry, France October 2, 1918
June 7, 1918

SANTON SQUARE
Hamilton & Plantation Sts.

in Memory of
Howard Marshall Santon
Sea 1C U.S.S. Peary
Born: December 28, 1921
Killed in action – Cavite Bay, Philippines
December 7, 1941

SAURIOL SQUARE
Canterbury & Grand St
s.

in Memory of
S/Sgt Russell J. Sauriol
Born: April 30, 1916
Killed in action – Chemitz, Germany
April 20, 1945

SCHIAVONE SQUARE
E. Central & Ford Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Antonio Schiavone
Born: February 19, 1899
Killed in action – Vierzy, France
July 18, 1918

SCHMAUTZ SQUARE
Mott & Barclay Sts.

in Memory of
Cpl. Francis P. Schmautz
Born: June 9, 1947
Killed in action – South Vietnam
October 27, 1967

SETARO SQUARE
Grafton St. and Ernest Ave.

in Memory of
Senior Airman Richard M. Setaro, Jr.
33rd Rescue Squadron, USAF Pararescueman
Born: August 9, 1971
Killed in action – Jo Chi Weon, South Korea
October 6, 1994

SHEPARD SQUARE
Front of High-Rise at Plumley Village

in Memory of
Private William F. Shepard
Born: April 26, 1899
Killed in battle at Bussey Farm, France
September 28, 1918

SHRIAKA SQUARE
Hamilton St. (opposite Puritan Ave.)

in Memory of
PFC John E. Shriaka, USMC
Born: April 20, 1948
Killed in action – Quang Na, So. Vietnam
March 11, 1969

SILVER SQUARE
Harrison & Coral Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Jack B. Silver
Born: April 8, 1911
Killed in action – European Theatre
Buried at Epinal, France
October 14, 1944

SKERNISKIS SQUARE
Ward & So. Ward Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. John P. Skerniskis
Born: January 3, 1916
Killed in action – Leyte Island
December 14, 1944

SMITH SQUARE
Cambridge & Richards
Sts.

in Memory of
S 1/C Harry F. Smith, Jr.
Born: August 7, 1921
Died in action – U.S.S. Suwannee
October 26, 1944

SMITH SQUARE
Elm & Chestnut Sts.

in Memory of
Captain Willard Smith
Born: September 25, 1892
Killed in battle at Remenauville, France
September 12, 1918

SOBOL SQUARE
Ward & Dorchester Sts.

in Memory of
Corp. Walter S. Sobol Pvt. Michael J. Sobol
Killed at Ellenton, Florida Killed at Eindhoven, Holland
August 12, 1943 September 26, 1944

SPEAKMAN SQUARE
Grand & Hollis Sts.

in Memory of
Sgt. Kenneth H. Speakman
Born: May 13, 1919
Killed in action – St. Lo, France
July 31, 1944

STAKE SQUARE
Stockman & Ames Square

in Memory of
S 1/C Herbert Stake, Jr.
Born: July 26, 1927
Lost at Sea – Anzio Beach, Italy
January 26, 1944

STARR SQUARE
Granite & Holcomb Sts.

in Memory of
Private Samuel J. Starr
Company I 328th Infantry
Born: March 12, 1895
Killed in action at Meuse Argonne, France
October 8, 1918

STONE SQUARE
Hamilton St. & Almont Ave.

in Memory of
S 1/C George L. Stone
Born: March 16, 1919
Killed in action aboard USS Quincy, Sayo Island
August 9, 1942

SULLIVAN SQUARE
Lincoln & Melrose Sts.

in Memory of
Private Charles J. Sullivan
Company G 101st Infantry
Born: February 27, 1901
Killed in action at Aisne-Marne, France
July 21, 1918

SUPERNOR SQUARE
Grafton St & Sunderland Rd

in Memory of
Private Albert J. Supernor
Company I 58th Infantry
Born: August 7, 1895
Killed in action at Meuse-Argonne, France
October 6, 1918

SYRENE SQUARE
Pleasant & Mower Sts (at #222)

in Memory of
S/Sgt. Irving N. Syrene
Born: November 17, 1917
Killed in action at Battle of Bulge, Belgium
January 5, 1945

TALLAWANDA SQUARE
Sylvan St. & Tallawanda Dr

in Memory of
All Residents Of This Neighborhood Who
Gave Their Lives For Their Country in
World War II

TAMULEVICH SQUARE
Sterling St & Fairfax Rd.

in Memory of
Private Peter D. Tamulevich
Company B 30th Infantry
Born: August 15, 1894
Killed in action at Aisne-Marne, France
July 15, 1918

TANGRING SQUARE
Greenwood St & Wiser Ave.

in Memory of
Gustaf L. Tangring
Born: December 7, 1921
Killed in action – Southwest Pacific
August 16, 1945

GEORGE S. THAMEL SQUARE
Winthrop & Providence Sts.

in Memory of
Corp. George S. Thamel
Born: June 1, 1929
Killed in action at Mail-Li, Korea
April 26, 1951

TOOMBS SQUARE
Aldrich & Chestnut Sts.

in Memory of
S/Sgt. Russell J. Toombs
Born: December 3, 1924
Killed near Songhpe, Burma
June 30, 1945

TOROSIAN SQUARE
Eastern Ave. & Catherine St

in Memory of
F2/C Toros Nubar Torosian
Born: January 7, 1921
Killed in action on the USS Meredith
in the Solomons
October 15, 1942

TOVISIO SQUARE
Franklin & Suffolk Sts.

in Memory of
Vincent Tovisio, Private
Co. I 308th Infantry
Born: April 8, 1894
Killed in action at Oise-Aisne, France
September 16, 1918

TRONIC SQUARE
Pleasant St & Richmond Ave.

in Memory of
S/Sgt. Sydney S. Tronic
Born: August 21, 1913
Killed in action at China-Burma-India Theatre
November 15, 1943

UCELLO SQUARE
Plantation & Wells Sts.

in Memory of
PFC Salvatore M. Uccello
Chemical Warfare Service, US Army
Born: May 8, 1922
Killed in Action
January 26, 1944

UNDERWOOD SQUARE
West Boylston & Malden Sts.

in Memory of
Earl Warren Underwood
A.M.M. Third Class
Born: May 26, 1921
Died from explosion at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA
September 17, 1943

WALL SQUARE
Cambridge & Pitt Sts (church yard)

in Memory of
TEC 5 John C. Wall U.S.A.
Co C 409th Inf. Regt.
Born: October 14, 1925
Died: December 28, 1983

WARE SQUARE
Merrick & Larch Sts.

in Memory of
Sgt. Vincent H. Ware
Born: July 19, 1918
Killed in action-Saipan
July 4, 1944

WERME SQUARE
Lake Ave. & Bridle Path

in Memory of
PFC Carl V. Werme Corp. Richard J. Werme
Born: August 18, 1920 Born: July 20, 1927
Killed in action- Saipan Killed in action- Yanggu
June 15, 1944 August 27, 1951

WHEATON SQUARE
Corp. Homer J. Wheaton
Born: November 11, 1885
Killed at Chemin-Des-Dames, France
February 27, 1918

WHITAKER SQUARE
Pleasant & Mower Sts (at #4)

in Memory of
Pvt. Herbert O. Whitaker
Born: August 7, 1897
Killed in battle at Belleau Wood, France
July 21, 1918

WHITTLES SQUARE
Chelsea & Crompton Sts.

in Memory of
Private John Whittles
Born: July 8, 1897
Died of Wounds received in battle at
Troyon Sector, France
October 13, 1913

WILLIAMS SQUARE
Austin & Irving Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Arthur R. Williams
Born: January 29, 1922
Killed in action at Alsace-Lorraine, France
January 13, 1944

WOOD SQUARE
Hamilton & Anderson Ave. (island in road)

in Memory of
Lt. Michael Albert Wood Pvt. Charles Albert Wood
Born: November 7, 1919 Born: January 1, 1925
Died in Montgomery. Ala. Killed in action-Namur, Belgium
January 20, 1943 September 6, 1944

WRAY SQUARE
Greenwood & Millbury Sts.

in Memory of
William G. Wray, Private
Machine Gun Company 328th Infantry
Born: April 19, 1891
Died: June 26, 1932

ZAWALICH SQUARE
Vernon & Windham Sts.

in Memory of
Pvt. Walter S. Zawalich
Born: August 23, 1918
Killed in action-Wiseek, Germany
April 11, 1945

GOLD STAR BOULEVARD

Named by the Worcester City Council
in Grateful Tribute to the Parents
of the Gallant Men who made the
Supreme Sacrifice While fighting for the Cause of Freedom

WORCESTER’S SQUARES
AND
OTHER PLACES


BRITTAN SQUARE

A longtime Worcester resident asked us why Brittan Square was so named. Unfortunately, we don’t have a book listing the squares in Worcester and why they are so named. So finding the answer took a bit of work.

We have a newspaper clipping file titled “Squares” but most of the squares discussed are named for veterans. The next step was to look for people named Brittan living in Worcester and we found a Josiah Brittan Junior. Josiah was a brick manufacturer from Rutland who settled first in the Tatnuck area and then brought a house and farm on Lincoln Street in 1833. The building had previously been used as a hotel, kept by Lydia Chadwick after 1797, and possibly earlier. He lived there until his death in 1863 and his widow remained until her death in 1887. The house became known as Brittan Place. The property is shown on an 1970 map on the east side of Lincoln Street, just where it joins with Burncoat. There is no direct evidence that Brittan Square was named for Josiah Brittan and his family but it certainly seems possible. Josiah was a prominent citizen and his house was well known.


VETERANS SQUARES

Looking up one square led to the question – why are other squares named what they are? Veterans squares are named for individuals or groups of local people who were killed in various wars. There is a list of names and locations of memorial squares giving the name, births and death dates, where they died and location of the memorial. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give more. We have some newspaper clippings about the squares, and for more recently dedicated memorials, a story about the dedication. An example is the story about Rosen Square. The newspaper had a lengthy article about Samuel “Sonny” Rosen, his life and death and the effort to have a square named for him. Rosen Square, located at the intersection of May and June streets, was dedicated November 9, 1986. Unfortunately, there is not so much for each square.


BILLINGS SQUARE

Billings Square was named in honor of Henry W. Billings, born July 20, 1894, and died October 19, 1918, at the battle at Meuse-Argonne in France. There is no personal information and date of dedication. With a date, we could check the newspaper for the story of the dedication and maybe get more information. By using a book called The Gold Star Record of Massachusetts, Volume 2, we can get a little more about him. He died of wounds received in action; he served in Company A, 2nd Infantry, Massachusetts National Guards (Company A, 104th Infantry, 26th Division). He was born in Worcester, son of William and Rosana Billings and had 4 brothers. He was a carpenter. Billings Square also contains a war memorial to the men and women from the community who served in the armed forces in World War II. The memorial is like a pillar and has the symbols of the Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines inscribed on the tops. Billings Square is important to the library as the site of a library branch.

We do have newspaper clippings for the dedication of some squares, but only a few, ones dedicated fairly recently. It would be a great project to try to find out more about the people.


BENCHLEY SQUARE

Another veteran memorial is Benchley Square, named in honor of Lt. Edmund N. Benchley, who was killed in the Spanish-American War. He was a West Point graduate who entered service in April and was killed July 1, 1898 at the Battle of San Juan in Cuba. The family was well know in Worcester – his father was Charles H. Benchley, clerk to the Mayor and his brother was Robert Benchley, well-known humorist, film critic and actor and also the grandfather of Peter Benchley, the author of “Jaws.” The square is located on the northeast corner of Commercial and Foster Streets.


FRANKLIN SQUARE

Contrary to expectation, we don’t really know for whom this square was named. A businessman, William Dexter, named it. He owned considerable property in the area. An article by John T. Cronin in the May 7, 1967 Worcester Sunday Telegram states “contrary to what you might think, the name of the square has nothing to do with anyone named Franklin . . . If William Dexter ever revealed why he selected Franklin Square as the name of the area, it has been long forgotten. On the other hand, Ivan Sandrof, in Your Worcester Streets, says it was named for Benjamin Franklin. According to him, the street was named in 1845. By the way, Franklin Street has had two other names – do you know them? The street was originally called South Street. The name later changed to Park Street and remained that until sometime between 1912 and 1914, according to the House Directory. What was called Franklin Street began at Trumbull Square and continued to Grafton Street. Sometime during that period, the name “Park Street” was abolished and the whole street, from Main Street to the end (which varied over the years – 1914, Suffolk Square; 1930s, Boston and Albany Railroad tracks; 1982, beyond Plantation street), was called Franklin Street.



Washington Square

This location is much in the news today as the reconfiguration of the square is debated. Today, of course, the square is a rotary. It was originally an intersection. Rice’s Dictionary of Worcester said the square received its name around 1828, at the time the Blackstone Canal opened. The map published in July 1829 of the Village of Worcester does show the intersection of Front, Grafton, Pine and Summer streets as Washington Square. The first reference to it that I found was in the Worcester Town Records for November 1, 1831. Boundaries for the various school districts were being laid out and Washington Square was part of the description of the bounds of District 1. Spears “Historical Spots of Worcester” states, “This large square in front of our Union Station was named after George Washington, yet he never saw it and its name has no historical significance.” There was also a Washington Street in Worcester, originally running from Franklin to Lafayette street.


WHEATON SQUARE

Wheaton Square is at the intersection of Grove and Salisbury Streets, near the Worcester Vocational School. It was named for Corporal Homer J. Wheaton, the first Worcester resident killed in World War I. Wheaton died February 27, 1918. He had served in the Army since June 21, 1916, in the Mexican campaign. He reported for duty in March 1917 and was sent overseas in September. He served with the Company G, 9th Infantry, Massachusetts National Guard.

He was killed in action, saving other lives. In the Distinguished Cross award, his actions were “during a heavy bombardment, 27 Feb 1918, one of the hand grenades which were being distributed to his men dropped by accident. Corporal Whaton, with extreme courage and self-sacrifice, ran and picked up the grenade in an effort to cast it out of the danger area before it exploded. It exploded, however, before he could throw it away, and he was fatally wounded, dying shortly thereafter.” He also received the Croix de Guerre for his actions.

Homer Wheaton was born in Pompey, New York and was a sport editor at the Worcester Gazette. The Homer Wheaton Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was named for him, as well as the Square and a street in Syracuse, New York, where he attended Syracuse University.

Wheaton Square

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