Thomas Woodrow Wilson
1945. Wilson is the only Hopedale man killed in World War II for whom I've been unable to find a
Milford Daily News article reporting the death. His name is on the Hopedale war memorial at the
Hopedale Village Cemetery and also on the monument at Draper Memorial Park in Milford. He grew
up at 17 Grove Street in Milford. The street listing books at the Bancroft Library show Woodrow and
his wife, Margaret, living at 44 Hopedale Street from 1943 to 1945. Margaret lived there until 1947.
She was at 7 Maple Street in 1948, and after that moved out of town. I remember the family because
his son, John, was a classmate of mine up through about third grade. My mother remembered the
family because they had been neighbors on Grove Street. At the time of the rededication of Draper
Memorial Park in 1992, a donation in Wilson's memory was made by his daughter, Margaret
I don't understand what's meant by Dead Pacific on the card below his picture. At first I thought it
was the date when he was killed, but the year for that is in 1943 and the date when his service
began was in 1944. It also gives the date of 4/15/45 as "Service terminated." That's the date of his
death given in the Milford News article and elsewhere. You'll note that the card says "Over," and
"Remarks on reverse side," but the side shown is all that was sent to me.
life. Her husband died in 1944, and her son, Thomas, in 1945. Her other two sons buried there also
died before she did.
Milford Historical Commission and the Milford Museum, and to Milford historian, Paul Curran. Dan
Malloy, May 2011.
death was in the Milford News on May 7, so that's when I was able to find it on microfilm at the
Milford Library. The fact that the headline refers to him as a Milford man is probably the reason the
clipping wasn't at the Bancroft Library. However, he had been living in Hopedale for a couple of
years and his family was there at the time of his death. His name is on the war memorial at
Hopedale Village Cemetery.
at General Draper Park in Milford.