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June 23, 2013

Chaplain: 'It's an honor to serve soldiers'


“I couldn’t do what I do without a supportive wife and children,” he said. He and his wife, Vera Jesser Lawson, also from North Andover, have four children: Andrew, 23; Arthur, 22; Mark, 17; and Margaret, 16.

Monday’s Memorial Day exercises at Ridgewood Cemetery were dedicated to Cpl. Sean Gallagher, a North Andover man who was among the 220 Marines killed in Beirut when a suicide bomber blew up their barracks. Lawson said he and Gallagher were friends – and competitors. They both played in the Youth Hockey League.

If any of children were to join the military, Lawson said, “I would want someone like Cpl. Sean Gallagher to train them.”

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