Lawrence soldier remembered

CourtesyDaniel S. Judge of Lawrence was killed in action in the Korean War.

At some point, a street corner marker memorializing a 22-year-old soldier from Winter Street in Lawrence went missing.

A young family member born long after his great uncle was killed in action has teamed up with Lawrence Veterans Services to return the memorial to U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel S. Judge to its rightful spot.

On Saturday morning, the city will re-dedicate the corner of Winter and Lowell streets to the young man killed in the Korean War only six months after he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Twenty family members are expected to attend the Judge Square ceremonies. 

Mayor Daniel Rivera will attend, as will the Lawrence police and fire color guards, said Jaime Melendez, who is director of Veterans Services for Lawrence and a U.S. Army veteran.

Melendez said the corner was originally dedicated to Judge after the Korean War.

A year ago, when the Veterans Services office was moving from City Hall to the Senior Center, Melendez discovered a marker among the items in the office. It was a blue sign dedicated to Pvt. Judge. It looked like it had been ordered at some point as a replacement sign.

Melendez researched the soldier's name on the Korean War Project website and found a remembrance to Daniel Judge posted on the site in 1999 by a man named Kenneth Henrick.

The remembrance states plainly: "I knew him."

Melendez reached out to Kenneth Henrick via email in the hopes of arranging a re-dedication of the street marker, but he didn't hear back.

Later, Daniel Henrick, 18, of Haverhill, a great nephew of Pvt. Judge, got in touch with Mayor Rivera's office. Henrick told them it bothered family members that the sign marking Judge Square was missing, and they wanted to know if it could be replaced.

The mayor's office connected Melendez with Henrick and the re-dedication process took shape.

"The kid got it rolling again," Melendez said.

The way the moving pieces came together, it seemed like the re-dedication was meant to be, Melendez said.

For his part, Daniel Henrick is grateful to Melendez for the work he did coordinating the ceremony.

Henrick said his grandfather Kenneth Henrick had revered his older half-brother, Daniel Judge.

The grandfather would tell his grandson that family members loved Daniel Judge because he helped keep the family together during hard times.

Kenneth Henrick died in February of this year.

Daniel Henrick, who is named for his great uncle, said he knows it would have made his grandfather happy to have seen the memorial to his brother restored.

The missing sign will be replaced by a new one Saturday at 10 a.m. The ceremonies will include an unveiling, remarks and a special presentation.

Pvt. Judge was in the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was killed on Jan. 30, 1951, while fighting in South Korea. 

The son of Joseph Henrick and Ursule Henrick of Lawrence enlisted July 20, 1950. Family members knew him as "Danny."

He was awarded a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Daniel S. Judge is buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.

Another remembrance to the soldier, posted on the Korean War Project site in 2002 by a Sean Judge, reads: "Uncle Danny was my grandfather's brother. I am a Captain in the Air Force and would love to know more about my Uncle's brief time in Korea."

All four of Daniel S. Judge's brothers — at least some of whom were half-brothers — served in the military: James Judge, George Henrick, Joe Henrick and Kenneth Henrick.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Re-dedication of Daniel S. Judge Square

When: Saturday at 10 a.m.

Where: Corner of Winter and Lowell streets, Lawrence

Who: Public is invited.