War On Terror Memorial - Chicopee, MA
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Quick Description: The Chicopee War on Terror memorial is located in Veterans Plaza on Front Street and Bonneville Avenue in Chicopee, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/9/2018 5:36:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMYF9D
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
A joint effort of the Chicopee Memorial and Patriotic Committee, a collection of 11 veterans' organizations in Chicopee, and the Department of Veterans' Services raise the funds to create the War on Terror Memorial which was dedicated on May 19, 2018. It currently honors six veterans with ties to Chicopee that were killed in acts of terror.

The memorial has a gray granite sculpture depicting a female member of the military kneeling on her left knee in front of a soldier's boots, gun and helmet, which is known as a battlefield cross. She has her right hand supporting her bowed head and her helmet on the ground by her left side.
Type of Memorial: Multi-War Memorial

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
Attack in Lebanon
Attack in the Philippines
War in Afghanistan
War in Iraq


In Honor Of: Chicopee residents lost to acts of terror.

Marker Text:

The south side of the top of the base:

WAR ON TERROR

On the front of the base is the inscription:

TWO CHICOPEE RESIDENTS WERE LOST TO
ACTS OF TERROR PRIOR TO 9/11/2001

{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS}
SGT STEVEN B. LARIVIERE
1961 - 1983
STEVEN WAS KILLED WHEN AN ISLAMIC
JIHAD TRUCK BOMBED THE MARINE BARRACKS
IN BEIRUT, LEBANON

{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS}
GYSGT JOHN S. FREDETTE
1956 - 1990
JOHN WAS KILLED ON 5/5/1990 AS A RESULT OF A
GUERRILLA REBEL TERROR STRIKE ATTACK
IN OLONGAPO, PHILIPPINES

The south, lower part of the base is inscribed:

{Map with the inscription AFGHANISTAN}

{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY}
SGT CHRISTOPHER M. WILSON
1982 - 2007
CHRIS WAS WOUNDED WHEN A ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE
EXPLODED IN KORENGAL OUTPOST ON THE AFGHAN-PAKISTAN
BORDER. HE SUCCUMBED TO HIS WOUNDS ON 3/29/2007

{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY}
{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS}
1SG KEVIN A. DUPONT
1956 - 2009
KEVIN DIED 6/17/2009 FROM WOUNDS HE SUFFERED ON 3/8/2009
WHILE ON A COMBAT PATROL MISSION WHEN AN IED STRUCK
HIS VEHICLE WHILE SERVING WITH THE 1ST BRIGADE 203RD CORPS.

{Image of the World Trade Center Towers}

{Map with the inscription IRAQ}

{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS}
CAPT JOHN W. MALONEY
1968 - 2005
JOHN LOST HIS LIFE ON 6/16/2005 WHILE ON PATROL
IN AL-RAMADI, IRAQ WHEN HIS HUMVEE WAS DESTROYED
BY A ROADSIDE BOMB

{SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY}
SSG DANIEL A. NEWSOME
1979 - 2007
ON 6/27/2007 DANIEL WAS KILLED IN ACTION WHEN
AN IED DETONATED NEAR HIS VEHICLE
DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS IN BAGHDAD, IRAQ



Date of dedication: 5/19/2018

Who Put it Here?: Chicopee Memorial and Patriotic Committee and Department of Veterans' Services

Description of Memorial:
Veterans Plaza has several other monuments honor veterans of wars including: Civil War World War I World War II Korean War


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