Supreme Sacrifice Remembered At William R. Caddy Memorial Service

Sherri Holleran of Norfolk, formerly of Squantum (second from left), the niece of PFC William F. Caddy, and Dan Dewey, also of Squantum, Chief of Staff for the William R. Caddy Detachment #124 Marine Corps League, pause after placing a wreath at the Caddy Memorial located at Caddy Park on Quincy Shore Drive across from Wollaston Beach. A memorial service was held for PFC Caddy, who was killed during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Caddy, who was assigned to the 5th Marine Division, was presented the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions against Japanese Forces on Iwo Jima. In the background are members of the Caddy Detachment Color Guard. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Leo Cardarelli, Past Commandant of the William R. Caddy Detachment and China Marine, World War II, was among the speakers at Sunday’s William R. Caddy Memorial Service at Caddy Park, Quincy Shore Drive. Cardarelli gave a history of Caddy Park that was established in the early 1960s in a local recreation area that was formerly known as Treasure Island Park. He noted Detachment member James R. McIntyre, then a state representative from Quincy, was instrumental in getting legislation passed to established the park. The dedication ceremony in 1963 featured one of the largest parades the city has ever seen with hundreds of Marines marching. The ceremony on Sunday also remembered all four Quincy Marines who were tragically killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima: PVT Malcolm McPherson, PVT John W. Jackson, PFC William R. Caddy and PVT John R. Koski. More coverage of Sunday’s ceremony will appear in the April 25th edition of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

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