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Memorial Day remembrances were seriously curtailed a year ago as restrictions from the pandemic ruled the day. However, with our state finally getting back to some normalcy, this important American remembrance is returning, although not fully.
Our armed forces voluntarily place their lives in harms way. If they are killed, make no mistake about it he or she has laid down their life for us, for our freedom. In so doing, they have given the greatest love and devotion, and that should be honored, remembered and appreciated.
We celebrate July 4 as our countrys birthday, that day in 1776 when the Continental Congress declared independence, but the Revolution really started years before that, right up the road in Boston on March 5, 1770.
However, it would be eight long years after that and almost 6,800 more Americans would be killed, and thousands upon thousands more would die from disease, deprivation and later from wounds before freedom was won and this country was truly born.
Then came the War of 1812, The Second War of Independence. The United States and Great Britain again took up arms as Britain restricted American maritime and trade interest and imprisoned Americans. Britain would gain an early advantage at sea, allowing troops the cover to march through Washington, D.C., burning our capital.
On April 19, 1861, at the beginning of the war, Confederate troops were but a few days march from Washington, D.C., which had very few defenders. President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the capital. One of the first few regiments to muster and head to Washington was the Massachusetts Sixth regiment from Lowell.
As they made their way south, they had to go through Baltimore, where a large mob of Confederate sympathizers waited for them. They were ordered to march through and not cause any violence, but they were soon met with volleys of stones and brickbats.
Next time you drive by Lowell City Hall, look for an island near Cobblestones Restaurant and the Speedway gas station. Heavy traffic goes by it every day with most never knowing that on that island, under that granite obelisk, lay the remains of the first two martyrs of the Civil War, Luther C. Ladd and Addison O. Whitney.
In 1898, the United States would side with the Cuban people in their struggle against Spanish rule. With the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor under suspicious circumstances, the Spanish American War would be ignited, costing 2,446 American lives.
At Lowell Memorial Auditorium, in the Hall of Flags, there are four tablets containing the names of the 439 Lowellians who made the ultimate sacrifice. Among those names are two brothers and a cousin, Marine Lt. James P. Scondras, Army PFC David P. Scondras and Staff Sgt. Costas A. Ivos of the Army Aircorps.
David Scondras was shot on the battlefield of Lorraine, France, dying days later of his wounds on Nov. 25, 1944. Jimmy Scondras was killed by mortar fire on Feb. 22, 1945, while on a forward reconnaissance mission during the battle of Iwo Jima. And on March 15, 1945, Costas Ivos, died while returning from a bombing mission over Germany when his B-17 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and burst into flames.
Their bodies would be interred near where they each died in France, Iwo Jima and Germany, respectively. A little over four years later, a notice was transmitted to their families in Lowell that the three bodies would be returned to them for burial.
At 5:01 p.m. on March 28, 1949, a B&M railroad car carrying their flag-draped caskets pulled into the Lowell Depot. They were received by a mournful and reverent crowd of family, friends, teammates, classmates, city officials and representatives of many veteran and community organizations.
The gymnasium at Rogers School, where Lowell High played its basketball games for many years, would be named after Jimmy Scondras, the legendary Lowell High and Holy Cross Hall of Fame student-athlete.
One of them was PFC Joseph R. Ouellette from Cabot Street. From Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, 1950, on the east bank of the Naktong River, Private Ouellettes unit would be surrounded and attacked. Ouellette volunteered to brave enemy fire to provide reconnaissance and later to retrieve supplies and weapons.
The North Koreans assaulted Ouellettes position many times and on six occasions the enemy threw hand grenades directly into his foxhole. Each time he would leap from the foxhole into the enemy small arms fire covering the area until the grenade exploded and then would return to his foxhole and continue the fight. At the seventh attempt to neutralize Pvt. Ouellettes position, he was severely wounded by a grenade. Although rapidly weakening from the loss of blood from his wound, Ouellette continued to fight by throwing hand grenades at the attacking enemy until the enemy blasted his position once more with a direct hit in his foxhole. This grenade ended his life.
The names are placed in chronological order according to the date of their death starting with July 8, 1959, with U.S. Army Maj. Dale R. Buis and ending with U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Richard Vandegeer May 15, 1975.
In Midvale, Utah, on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Avenues, there were three boys, who grew up together as best friends. Their names now appear close by each other on the wall. They were killed within 16 days of each other.
On June 21, 1963, his photo would appear in the Lowell Sun, as he received the award for Outstanding Athlete for St. Josephs High School Class of 1963. A youthful optimism beamed from his bright and confident smile through the grainy newspaper image.
The next time you walk along the river when you get near the UMass Boathouse, there is a granite pillar with a plaque that reads George Scott Finneral proud of his family and Irish heritage proud of his religion and his country and so very proud of Lowell killed in action September 14, 1991. Until we meet again may God hold you in the palms of his hand.
On Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror was thrust upon us when four commercial airplanes were hijacked by terrorists. Two were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, another into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fourth, also, headed for the Pentagon, crashed short of its target in a field in Shanksville, Pa.
In Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world, 7,057 of our men and women have given their lives, among them Army Staff Sgt. Darren J. Cunningham of Groton, Marine Cpl. Paul N. King of Tyngsboro, Army Spc. Christine M. Ndururi of Dracut, Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Zabierek of Chelmsford, Army Spc. Mathew G. Boule of Dracut, and Army PFC John Landry Jr. of Lowell.
Its a loss that never goes away, precious moments that will never be realized, births of children, weddings, holidays and just regular days like teaching your child to ride a bike or hugging your spouse or visiting your parents.
The American Heart beats with their sacrifice. The foundations of our freedom are cemented with their lives. All were asked to do is to remember why they died. The American Heart beats with their sacrifice.
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...
Michael Chiklis has been working professionally as an actor since he was thirteen. He started in the theater and after receiving his BFA in acting from Boston University's College Of Fine Arts, Michael moved to New York City where he continued acting on the stage until he got his big break playing ...
Scott Grimes was born on July 9, 1971 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Scott Christopher Grimes. He is an actor and composer, known for American Dad! (2005), Critters (1986) and Mystery, Alaska (1999). He has been married to Adrianne Palicki since May 19, 2019. He was previously married to Megan ...
Long a vital, respected thespian of the classic and contemporary stage, this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning performance as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Movie (and ...
Maryann Plunkett was born in 1953 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for Little Women (2019), Blue Valentine (2010) and The Squid and the Whale (2005). She has been married to Jay O. Sanders since October 1, 1991. They have one child.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts (July 24, 1936), the actor (real name: Charles Goddard) grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts, where his father owned a five-and-ten. At Holy Cross, the head of the dramatic society encouraged him to become an actor and, soon, Goddard was off to Manhattan, attending the ...
Actor and stuntman Robert Tessier was born of Algonquian Indian descent on June 2, 1934 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He specialized in tough, menacing villains throughout American cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. Tessier had served time in the United States Armed Forces seeing action in Korea as a ...
Possessing one of TV's more identifiable mugs, Jewish-American character actor Milton Selzer was here, there and everywhere in the 1960s and 1970s, playing a host of usually unsympathetic mobsters, gamblers, and crooks with a sad, almost pathetic quality in about every popular crime story offered, ...
Coached by her show-business mother, a former actress, brunette Nancy Kelly started her career as a one-year-old model for James Montgomery Flagg. While receiving her education at the Bentley School for Girls she also trained as an actress. From 1926, at age 5, the precociously talented Nancy ...
Karl Lukas was born on August 21, 1919 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Karol Louis Lukasiak. He was an actor, known for Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), State Trooper (1956) and The Phil Silvers Show (1955). He was married to Stephanie. He died on January 16, 1995 in Westlake Village, California, USA.
Robin is best know for her performance in the hit NBC show, "The Office" as Rose the CPR instructor. Her iconic episode teaching Steve Carell and the entire staff at Dundler Mifflin how to perform CPR went on to win a Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series for director ...
Kris Williams was born on February 20, 1981 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for Diabolical Tales: Part II (2007), The Lady Red Trio (2005) and Jesus, Mary and Joey (2005).
Jack Kerouac was born into a French-Canadian family and spoke French before he learned English. His father was a printer and a local businessman. His first story was inspired by the radio show "The Shadow". As a young writer he styled himself after Thomas Wolfe, and attended Columbia University. ...
Heather Grimes was born on February 26, 1970 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Married with Children (1987) and Night Stand (1995).
Dicky Eklund was born on May 9, 1957 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Richard A. Eklund. He is an actor, known for The Fighter (2010), Portico (2014) and HBO World Championship Boxing (1973).
Charlita was born on July 5, 1921 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Clara Isabella DeFreitas. She was an actress, known for Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952), The Naked Dawn (1955) and Six Black Horses (1962). She died on January 28, 1997 in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.
Dean Tavoularis was born on May 18, 1932 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Constantine Tavoularis. He is a production designer and art director, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Godfather: Part III (1990). He has been married to Aurore Clment since 1986. He was...
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James P. Hogan was born on September 21, 1890 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Life Returns (1935), The Isle of Retribution (1926) and Black Lightning (1924). He died on November 4, 1943 in North Hollywood, California, USA.
Milton R. Corey Sr. was born on October 24, 1879 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Milton Rothwell Corey. He was an actor, known for Rawhide (1951), The Next Voice You Hear... (1950) and Hit Parade of 1951 (1950). He was married to Julia Reid McKenney. He died on October 23, 1951 in Washington, ...
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Mike Marmer was born on September 25, 1925 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Merrill D. Marmer. He is known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show (1967), Flip (1970) and Get Smart (1965). He died on January 12, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ruthie Davis was born on September 16, 1885 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Ruth Augusta Favor. She was married to Harlow Davis. She died on July 1, 1961 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Corey Lewandowski was born on September 18, 1973 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Corey Ryan Lewandowski. He is known for his work on Who Is America? (2018), American Deep State (2020) and Sky World News (1989). He has been married to Alison Hardy since 2005. They have four children.
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Nancy E. Barr was born on October 9, 1946 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. She is known for her work on Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989), Storefront Lawyers (1970) and V (1984).
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D. Patrick Bowles was born on March 2, 1981 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA as Daniel Patrick Bowles. He is an actor and production manager, known for The Studio Club (2014). He has been married to Jami Bowles since July 26, 2002.
Raymond Mungo is a writer whose books should be more familiar than they are to readers in the Merrimack Valley. He has lived in Southern California for many years, but he was born in Lawrence and graduated from Boston University, where he gained national attention as the politically radical editor of the student newspaper during the tumultuous mid-1960s. I recently posted about Raymond on my personal blog, paulmarion.com, where theres more about Ray and how I first heard about him in high school, as well as a poem by his longtime friend and collaborator, Verandah Porche, a poet and community activist in Vermont.
Raymonds two memoirs from 1970 (consider how hot a writer he was to have two books in a year) are the books for which he is best known: Famous Long Ago: My Life and Times with Liberation News Service and Total Loss Farm: A Year in the Life. I had read Famous Long Ago, but knew little about the second book. Ive written and read a lot about Lowell in the past 40 years, so imagine my surprise when I recently began reading Total Loss Farm and saw the first section, Fall, subtitled Another Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Henry David Thoreau was a writer-hero of Rays, so its no surprise that he and a few friends decided in the fall of 1969 to retrace the boat trip Henry and his brother John took in 1839. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, much of which was written while Thoreau was encamped at Walden Pond, was published in 1849interestingly, a do-it-yourself publication because no publisher in Boston or New York would take it on. All these years later, the book is in print and central to Thoreaus legacy.
For 23-year-old Ray, seeking relief from being on the front lines opposing the war in Vietnam, pushing for Civil Rights, trying to open up the mind of the Establishment in the countryfor Ray, the idea of being free and peaceful on the water came to him in a sleep-dream helped along by a certain pharmaceutical that was at hand. He writes, Yet this canoe trip had to be made because there was adventure out there. We expected to find the Concord and Merrimack rivers polluted but still beautiful, and to witness firsthand the startling juxtaposition of old New England, land and water and mountains, and new America, factories and highways and dams; and to thus educate ourselves further in the works of God and man. Applying Thoreaus model, Mungos day-to-day accounts track the adventure from Concord, Mass., to Ashland, N.H.
Along the way, the traveling group gets to Lowell and sees more of it than Henry and John did because they skirted the mill district downtown, using the Middlesex Canal through the Highlands neighborhood before putting in to the Merrimack approximately opposite todays Hadley Field on Middlesex Street, north of the Pawtucket Falls, giving them smooth water on the route to Tyngsborough and New Hampshire.
Of special interest to me is Raymonds account of the Lowell segment of the trip, Tuesday: Lowell, Mass., and pages preceding that section as the travelers anticipate reaching the city. There isnt much published writing about Lowell in 1969. Of course, back issues of the Lowell Sun add up to a picture of life in the city at the time, but thats not the same as reading a memoir. Jack Kerouacs true-story novels set largely in Lowell portray city life in the 1920s and 30s and double as social history even if fiction. After Kerouacs youth, after World War II, theres little fiction or nonfiction to give readers a textured sense of Lowell life. Charles Jarvis or Ziavras published a few novels set in mid-twentiethcentury Lowell. Tracy Winns Mrs. Somebody Somebody (Random House, 2010) offers short stories set in post-WWII Lowell. David Daniels private eye novels such as the prize-winning The Heaven Stone (St. Martins, 1994) paint rich portraits and landscapes of a more recent Lowell, Jack Dacey has a book about his experiences driving a cab in Lowell, and Steve OConnor in Smokestack Lightning (Loom Press, 2010) uses modern city locations and characters to full effect in vivid stories. Some of the best first-hand accounts of later twentieth-century experiences are in the transcriptions of oral histories at the UMass Lowell Center for Lowell History, a unit of the university library. For his part, Raymond Mungo gives us a brief report on his hours in the city. Even as the gritty details pile up, the reader knows Mungo feels the local hurt as only a downriver cousin from Lawrence might. And he recalls small kindnesses such as this surprise at their boulevard campsite: Around midnight, a group of married couples arrived with Dunkin Donuts for us to eat; they had heard of the legendary canoe, it was all over town. . . .
Unlike the Thoreau boys, Mungo and company followed the Concord River through Carlisle and North Billerica on the way to the confluence of Concord and Merrimack near Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Its common for people to think Thoreau floated by what is now the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, but, as mentioned above, he linked to the Merrimack via the Middlesex Canal beyond the Rourke Bridge. Ray and friends aimed for the heart of the city and pulled their canoe out of the water at dusk, marching with it down Central Street in search of a place to spend the night. Here are Mungos impressions:
There is a strikingly 19th-century downtown area but, despite the energetic promotion of the oldest merchants in town, it is slowly corroding as it loses ground to the highway shopping plazas. Life there is sooty, and even the young people look hard and wrinkled. Though it is only a stones throw away from cultured, boring Boston, it may as well be a thousand miles away for all the intellectual influence it has absorbed.
Ray has a soft spot for Kerouac and knows he came back to Lowell around this time. At one point he says he wants to go get Kerouac and put him in the middle of the canoe and take him north to New Hampshire to save him. Speaking in his mind to Jack, he reminds him that Robert Frost and Leonard Bernstein grew up in Lawrence, Rays hometown, but both of them got out! For the record, Kerouac, his wife, Stella, and Jacks mother, Gabrielle, had quit the house on Sanders Ave. and hit the road to St. Petersburg, Florida, by the time Ray washed up on the Lowell shore.
I wont run through the Lowell section in detail so as not to give away all the colorful parts. The voyagers got a lift in a truck driven by a Boston newspaper reporter and then camped on the boulevard beyond Pawtucket Falls close to lovers in their steamy cars watching the submarine races, waking to see the G.E. plant sign shining in the sky. From there they connected with a friend and drove past Nashua and beyond before re-entering the river for the final leg of the Thoreau route.
If you remember the Sixties in America or are a young person who wants to know more about what happened then, especially from the vantage point of people in their early twenties at the time, Raymond Mungos books are well worth reading as documents of a time when the country was going through extraordinary changes.
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