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McGovern Honors Worcester Military Service Veteran McGrath Jr.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

 

Worcester veteran Thomas McGrath Jr. with vintage World War II Navy blanket, surrounded by family, supporters, Congressman McGovern, and State Rep. Jim O’Day.

Congressman Jim McGovern honored the military service of Thomas McGrath Jr., who served in the United States Navy from 1957 thru 1959. 

McGovern presented McGrath with a vintage World War II blanket like the white wool Bunk Blanket received while in the Navy. 

“Today I am honored to recognize the extraordinary service of Tom McGrath both in the U.S. Navy and when he returned home to Worcester. Tom proudly represented our country on the U.S.S. Boston across the world and continued to serve our community here in Central Massachusetts. Today we present Tom with a vintage World War II blanket similar to the original to thank him for his continued service to our country both in and out of uniform. He is a shining example of the dedication and service that define our country’s veterans and we are forever grateful to him and all who serve,” said McGovern.

At the event, McGovern was joined today by State Representative Jim O’Day as well as members of McGrath’s family and community members.

Thomas McGrath Jr. 

McGrath served on the U.S.S. Boston, the world’s first Baltimore Class guided missile cruiser, and his service included trips through the Panama Canal, across the Equator and across the Arctic Circle during the 1957 NATO exercises. In 1957 he participated in the funeral of King Haakon of Norway as the official United States representative.

He was twice sent to the Mediterranean as a member of the Sixth Fleet and participated in goodwill missions and efforts to advance democracy overseas. While deployed in the Mediterranean in 1958, the U.S.S. Boston stood ready while President Nixon worked through the Lebanon Mid-East Crisis.

 

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