EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 12, 2013

Letter: Thanks to all who helped to right a wrong

To the editor:

It started with the reading of a story in November 2012 about a sister who fought to preserve and restore her brother’s name. To right a wrong. My “ job” was complete, or so I thought.

There was a Memorial Day 2013 remembrance for my brother, Robert Corriveau, who had been “John Doe” for 43 years. It was a story that touched so many, told in the words of a sister on a mission.

To those who read this story and asked how could something like this have happened to a decorated marine: The bottom line is “procedure.”

“It has been this way since the establishment of our military forces” — so I was told. The procedure for “missing absent without leave” (AWOL), deserters. So many deserters during the Vietnam War they did not have the resources to look for them — so I was told.

But in Bobby’s case it was on the front page of the newspaper. I do forgive the US Marine Corps. They made it right.

Every once in a while the exceptional happens. Somebody actually cares and does something about it. That’s what you did. You also wanted to right a wrong. I appreciate what you did for Bobby and me. You honored both of us. It meant the world to me to see his name on the sign at the dedication of the Robert Daniel Corriveau Square this November.

It began with Major Richard Kelley (retired) and Joseph Hey petitioning the City of Lawrence to establish the square.. Thank you.

To the Lawrence Police Department Honor Guard led by Sgt Michael Simard. Thank you. The rifle detail and bugler of the American Legion Post 8 of Andover. Thank you. Dan Donegan (a childhood friend of Bobby’s) and past commander of Queen City Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. Thank you. Veterans Agent Jamie Melendez:.Thank you. Reporter Mark Vogler. Thank you.

On behalf of the Corriveau-Cleary family, it was a beautiful day. A day we will never forget.. Thank you.

Virginia M. Cleary

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