FRAMINGHAM – On Veterans Day, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer presented a Medal of Liberty in honor of World War II Private First Class Alfred Whiting, 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.
Alfred Whiting grew up on Arthur Street in Framingham.
He was a catcher for semi-professional baseball teams, before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corp on June 21, 1942.
He was detached to 5th Defense Battalion.
He had been fighting in the South Pacific for more than 11 months, when he was killed by enemy forces on July 21, 1943 in Tuvalu.
Accepting the Medal for the family was his niece Carol Zambesi, whose husband was named after Alfred Whiting.
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