Saturday, May 24, 2008

John B. Steeves, WWI Casuality Honored

Click on the photo to read the inscription.

A Memorial Day note: I was walking at Green and Washington streets today and noticed a sign proclaiming John B. Steeves Square on the corner opposite the police station.

Boston Daily Globe May 15, 1922

Honor Man Slain At Chateau Thierry

John B. Steeves of Fifth Marines Buried

Jamaica Plain Youth Enlisted Day After America Entered War

Funeral services for John Burton Steeves of the 5th Regiment of the United States Marine Corps, who was killed at Chateau Thierry on June 6, 1918, were held yesterday afternoon in Curtis Hall, the Municipal Building of Jamaica Plain. Rev Wilfred Harrison, pastor of the Ramsay Congregational Church of Dorchester, officiated.

Several thousand people lined the streets as the body, on a caisson from the Commonwealth Armory, passed on its way to its final resting place in Mr Hope Cemetery.

The line included delegations from the Michael J. O'Connor Post, American Legion; also the band from the Cecil W. Fogg Post, delegations from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, from Carpenters' Local 67, led by a Spanish War veteran, from the Massachusetts Marine Corps Association and from Troop A, 110th Calvary. There was also a detail of pallbearers from the Marines attached to the Navy Yard, and a firing squad of Marines, which did final honors at the grave.

Burton was one of the first Jamaica Plain boys to enlist, having entered the service the day after America entered the war.

While returning from the funeral, James A. Johnson, aged 23, of 10 Garfield st, Jamaica Plain, was seriously injured when, in attempting to mount the rear seat of the caisson, his foot slipped, causing him to roll under the wheels, one of which passed over his body. He was sent to the City Hospital. Doctors found he had suffered a fracture of one rib and also that his right lung had been punctured. The accident happened in South st, near Arborway.

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