Fourth Hopedale Man Killed
engineering regiment, serving in the South Pacific, was killed in action Feb. 16, at Cape
Gloucester, New Britain, according to a telegram received by his sister, Mrs. John J. Kelley,
Jr., 27 West Walnut Street, Milford, yesterday afternoon.
Tech. Gaffney was born in Hopedale Sept. 5, 1916, son of John F. and the late Emma
(Grant) Gaffney, attended the public school and was employed by the Henry Patrick Co. and
more recently by the Draper Corp. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and popular
with all who knew him, being a possessor of a sunny disposition and fine character. His
friends called him "Honey," a name which suited his personality.
Tech. Gaffney had been in the army over two years and spent his last furlough here in
October 1942. He had been overseas since January, 1943, serving in Australia and New
Guinea. Letters were received from him last week and in one he mentioned a close call that
he experienced when a shell fell nearby his quarters.
In addition to his sister, Mrs. Kelley, survivors are a father, John F. Gaffney, and a sister,
Helen, both of Milford, and four brothers, Charles A., Edward J. and William, all of Hopedale,
and Sgt. John Gaffney, U.S.A., in England. His brother, William, served two years in the South
Pacific, receiving an honorable medical discharge [End of clipping] Milford Daily News
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