Manchester New Hampshire: Veterans Park and Monuments

Civil War Soldier's Monument from old postcard, Manchester NH

Civil War Soldier’s Monument from old
postcard, located at Veterans Park (now called)
in Manchester NH

Manchester New Hampshire’s VETERANS PARK is located at Elm and Merrimack Streets. Originally named Park Square, it was called Merrimack Park in 1859 and was the scene of a fireman’s muster. At that time the square contained an artificial pond that was supplied water via a culvert from “Mile Brook” on Oak Hill (the pond was later filled in).  It was also known as Merrimack Common and Merrimack Square.  In 1879 when a Civil War monument was finalized, the area was often called Monument Square. Continue reading

WW2 Anti-Sub Gunner Killed in Action, Bay of Biscay: Manchester’s S/Sgt. Joseph H. Wilfred Roux (1921-1943)

On December 16, 1947, the city of Manchester’s Mayor and Board of Alderman approved

Photograph of Joseph H.W. Roux's recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH  at the NW corner of Bartlett and Amory Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for  the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

Photograph of Joseph H.W. Roux’s recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH
at the NW corner of Bartlett and Amory Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for
the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

an ordinance: “That the square located where Amory Street, Montgomery Street and Bartlett Street intersects, be officially designated… as Joseph H.W. Roux Square.” The memorial plaque sits on the NW corner of Bartlett and Amory Streets, and reads: S/SGT. JOSEPH ROUX AAF. BORN JULY 30, 1921. DIED SEPTEMBER 8, 1943. GERMANY.

 

 

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WW2 Lost At Sea: Manchester NH’s S/Sgt Roland A Metivier (1919-1943)

Photograph of Gerald R. Helmich recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH at the corners of Second and West Hancock Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

Photograph of Roland A. Metivier recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH at the southwest corner of Willow and Baker Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

Military Squares were added by the City of Manchester, New Hampshire to honor its heroes from various wars.  Several ordinances to create new squares were passed on 16 December 1947 and signed by Mayor Joseph T. Benoit.  One in particular as follows: — “That the square located where Union Street, Willow Street, Shasta Street, and Baker Street intersects, be officially designated… as “Roland A. Metivier Square.”  The sign reads: S/Sgt. ROLAND A. METIVIER, AAF. BORN MARCH 18, 1919. DIED JUNE 20, 1943. OVER NORTH ATLANTIC. Continue reading

WW2 USS Liscombe Bay Casualty: Manchester NH’s Francis P. Lally S.K.2/c U.S.N. (1919-1943)

The ordinance approved 20 February 1945 proclaims: “That the square located in West

Photograph of Gerald R. Helmich recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH at the corners of Second and West Hancock Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

Photograph of Francis P. Lally recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH at the corner of South Main and A Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

Manchester, where South Main, Boynton, and Woodbury Streets intersects, be officially designated … as “Francis P. Lally Square.” The document was signed by Mayor Josaphat T. Benoit, and a sign was duly prepared and erected with ceremony.

The plaque officially reads: “Francis P. Lally S.K.2/c U.S.N.. Escort Carrier Liscombe Bay. Born Aug 26, 1919. Died Nov. 24, 1943. Off Gilbert Islands.”

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Manchester NH Casualty of Vietnam War: Colonel Gerald R. Helmich (1931-1969)

Photograph of Gerald J. Helmich recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH at the corners of -- and  -- Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

Photograph of Gerald R. Helmich recognition plaque, located in Manchester NH at the corners of Second and West Hancock Streets. Copyright of Martin Miccio for the City of Manchester, and used here with permission.

A plaque near the Queen City Bridge, on the SW corner of Second & West Hancock Streets, in Manchester, New Hampshire reads: “COL. GERALD R. HELMICH. Born November 17, 1931. MIA November 12, 1969. Vietnam Pilot USAF. ” On Memorial Day 1999, the city of Manchester erected a memorial plaque to Colonel Helmich.

Many pass by the marker, probably wondering about Colonel Hemlich. His story is long overdue.  It is mostly due to a friend, Donn R. Inglis, that we remember “Jerry” today in this way.

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