EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


September 2, 2013

Letter: Councilor worked to restore Marine’s memorial

To the editor:

I am a friend of the late Joseph and Dorothy Gile, who had the most unpleasant experience of learning that their son Pfc. Joseph Gile, a Marine, was killed in Vietnam in 1966. Pfc. Gile was the son of the former owner of the Bungalow on the corner of South Union and Salem streets in Lawrence, which was famous for its “chicken barbecues.”

After this tragedy, there was a dedication naming that corner the Pfc. Joseph Gile Square. Several years later, this sign was either knocked down or stolen. I met Lawrence City Councilor Roger Twomey in Salisbury where I now reside and asked him to see what he could do to re-dedicate this corner for a young fallen Marine.

Immediately, Councilor Twomey was emailing me with information regarding my request. He had several meetings with the veterans director in Lawrence and plans were underway to once again honor Pfc. Gile. Councilor Twomey informed me that this would be done on Memorial Day weekend. On May 25 at 10 a.m., there was a re-dedication for Pfc. Joseph Gile.

Being a Lawrence native, I had heard about the good work that Councilor Twomey does for all the residents of the city that he serves. He is a man of impeccable character, integrity, kind and compassionate in all aspects of his life. I am extremely grateful to him for following through with my request. Thank you, Councilor Twomey.

Fran (Kehoe) Johnson


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