FRAMINGHAM – On Veterans Day, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer presented a Medal of Liberty in honor of World War I Veteran Corporal James J. McGrath, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Governor Charlie Baker.
The City presented 8 medals of Liberty during its annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11 at the Memorial Building.
Medals of Liberty are awarded to the next of kin of service men and women from the Commonwealth killed in action or who died in service while in a designated combat area in the line of duty or who died as a result of wounds received in action.
Corporal McGrath was killed in action on May 31, 1918, while warning others of incoming German shells.
McGrath grew up on Meadow Street in Framingham.
Both McGrath Square in Saxonville, along with the James J. McGrath Post 74 in Framingham are named for him.
He enlisted in L Company, 9th regiment of the Massachusetts National Guard in April 1917.
The regiment eventually became part of L company, 101st Infantry, 26th Infantry Division, the famed “Yankee Division.”
That division raided German lines at Rupt De Mad Creek.
Sandi Hughey accepted the medal for the McGrath family.
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