If you have any stories you’d like to add here, let me know. Go to the email link on the homepage to send suggestions, requests and comments. This is not intended to be a complete list of Hopedale people who served in the armed forces. It’s a menu with links to articles on most who were killed and a few others for whom I’ve found stories. To see complete lists, at the end of each war below, there is a link to the names on the town website.
* Denotes killed in action or died in service during war.
William F. Draper In many battles – Badly wounded at the Wilderness Letters, 1861 – 1862
Charles Johnson * 54th Massachusetts Infantry – Died in Battle of Fort Wagner
Gilbert Thompson Served as a cartographer. Survived to live an interesting life.
Paul T. French * Died on hospital ship, Bay State
For more about Paul T. French see see Linda Hixon’s book, Following the Threads, Buried at Sea: The Story of Paul French, by Nicole O’Connell. pp. 109 – 111.
List on town site for the Spanish-American War
World War I
Edward Burnham * Killed in rifle range accident
Kenneth Burnham Letter written in France, to his mother
Davis Gabry * Died of pneumonia (probably flu) in France
Wickliffe P. Draper Talk about his experiences
Paul H. Harris * Died of disease in France
Darrell E. Lindsey * Died while guarding a bridge in Chester, Mass.
Thomas Malloy Rescued his friend
Raymond Alden Piper* Died in plane crash in France after the war
John M. Raymond * Died while guarding a bridge near Warwick, R.I.
Walter Tillotson * Killed in action in France – Legion post named for him
Victory celebration and welcome home banquet
List on town site for World War I
For for more about the seven men from Hopedale who died in World War I, see Linda Hixon’s book, Following the Threads, Hopedale’s World War I Sacrifices, by Nicole O’Connell. pp. 113 – 118.
World War II
David Allen Letter from Japan
Frederick Austin * Ship named for him
William Baer * Died in the South Pacific
John Barr * Served in WWI and WWII
Lawrence Barrett Served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam
Robinson Billings * Shot down near Singapore
Arthur Brown Shot down over Germany
Philip Callery – Plane shot down over North Sea, POW
William Caufield, Jr. Visit to a concentration camp.
Leverett Clark * Died when plane crashed in Africa
James Cox* Killed when his B-24 was shot down in the Adriatic area.
Walter Dec Home from Australia
Francis DeRoche * Died in France
Robert Draper Cotton Chats article
William Draper Navy combat artist
Francis X. Gaffney * Killed in the South Pacific
John Gilbertson, Jr., Served with the Coast Guard on a sailboat
Arthur Hall – Attacked with a saber on Okinawa
Lowell Hammond * First Hopedale man killed in WWII
Larry Heron Severely wounded in France
Harry Kimball * Killed in Germany
Donald Kirby* Killed in France
Richard Knight * Killed in the Central Pacific
Edward Malloy Served with Signal Corps in Europe
Joseph Manella – Bombardier, POW in Indo-China
Donald Midgley * Annapolis grad, died on sub
Harry Midgley Hit by V-1 attack
Wilfrid Midgley Was Japanese prisoner of war
Joseph Miller * Killed on Luzon
Richard Newell C-47 navigator
Roy Rehbein Served with infantry in Europe
Nello Ripanti Bomber pilot in Europe and the Pacific
Henry E. Rumse * Killed in the South Pacific
Ferdnand Peter Spadoni * Killed in South Pacific
Charles Stewart Reported KIA, but wasn’t
Al Tarca Served in the Navy in Europe and the Pacific
Francis Wallace * HHS Honor Society named for him
Thomas Woodrow Wilson * Killed in the Philippines
William Wood Bronze Star after 60 years
Wartime photos from Cotton Chats
List on town site for World War II
Hopedale WWII vets – unidentified photos
John Bell Served four tours in Korea
List on town site for Korean War
John Bell Served in Vietnam as well as in Korea
Douglas D’Orsay * Killed in restaurant bombing in Saigon.
John Steel * Killed while serving as a radio operator
Carl Taft With Air Force unit based at Nha Trang
Vietnam vets join American Legion, 1971
List on town site for Vietnam War
List on town site for Persian Gulf War
List on town site for Bosnia-Kosovo
List on town site for Afghanistan War
List on town site for Iraq War
Veterans’ Memorial at Hopedale Village Cemetery