Many local residents said “they” should do something to honor the young man who died in the service of his country, Vaillancourt pointed out. Finally, Campbell decided that “we are they” and spearheaded the undertaking, he said.
King, who is studying automotive technology at Whittier Tech, intends to follow Gallagher’s example of service to the United States. He told The Eagle-Tribune he plans to enlist in the Navy after graduation.
With only a month to go before he turns 18, King has his work cut out for him. An Eagle Scout must complete all of his requirements for the rank before his 18th birthday.
Both Vaillancourt and Selectman Rosemary Connelly Smedile, however, indicated they’re betting King will pull it off.