To the Voters of Milford:

      I was pleased to learn that Thomas F. Malloy was going to be a candidate for
    Selectman at the next election, and I feel that I should let the public know certain facts
    about him that modesty will probably prevent him from telling you.  I have known
    Thomas F. Malloy for about 15 years. He was a member of the original Company M of
    Milford in the National Guard in 1916. When the war broke out, I was in the same
    Company with him, which was Company M of the 104th Infantry, 26th Division, and it
    was this same 104th Infantry that received from the French Government the first
    decoration received by any American Infantry during the World War. We landed in
    France in September 1917, and the boys of our Company were engaged in every
    serious encounter that took place during that hectic series of campaigns that extended
    from February 1918 to November 1918. He was in the engagements at Ainse, Marne,
    Apremont, Seichprey, Chateau-Thierry, and the Meuse-Argonne.

       I will never forget July 19, 1918, and what happened on that day is what has caused
    me to come forward and tell the people of Milford what kind of a man Thomas F. Malloy
    is. We were fighting in the front line trenches in the offensive at Chateau-Thierry on July
    19 when a machine gun bullet wounded me in the left thigh, at about 3:15 p.m. and that
    wound disabled me so that I lay there in the battle area while the fight was raging during
    the night, We were at the tip of a triangle driving in and our two supporting flanks had
    not reached the advance that we had reached. There the fighting was raging all day
    and all night, and it was dangerous to move anywhere until our two supporting flanks
    came up. I was there on the ground from 3:15 in the afternoon until 9 the next morning,
    in a serious condition, without any medical attention, and realizing the danger that I was
    in, it was this same Thomas F. Malloy who took me up over his shoulder and carried me
    back about one mile. Most of the way he had to carry me through muddy, swampy soil
    with the water up to his hips, with the battle raging and being in extreme danger every
    minute of the time. While he was carrying me, he was hit by a bullet that had gone
    through his pack and mess kit and wounded his left shoulder, and in this condition he
    carried me back to our base where I could receive first aid. I was laid up in the hospital
    for months.

       I know the heroic deed of Thomas F. Malloy saved my life, and I feel that the people
    of Milford should know this. I believe that Malloy's service to his country entitles him to
    consideration by the voters of this town. He was a soldier and a good one. For two
    years he was a patrolman on our streets and a good one. He has always lived in Milford
    and has always proven to be a good, clean cut, honest fellow, and I believe that if he
    was good enough to fight for his country, he ought to be good enough to be given a
    chance to sit as one of the members of our Board of Selectmen. I know that he has the
    right stuff in him.  For what he has done in the past, I urge the people of Milford to
    support him.

    Yours very truly,
    10 Thayer Street
    Milford, Mass.  

      Tom won the election. (1925) Both Tom Malloy and Tommy Eckles later lived and
    worked in Hopedale. Eckles was a mailman and Malloy a police officer, and from 1943
    to 1963, chief of police.

Memories of Tom by his grandson, Bill Wright   

Tom and the wild Milford selectmen's race of 1925   

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    This picture was taken in France in 1918. Tom Malloy
    is on the right. The soldier on the left is unidentified.