Worcester pays tribute to city native killed in WWI

June 9, 2018

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts is honoring a city native who died during one of the most famous World War I battles involving the American military.

The ceremony Saturday in Worcester will commemorate the centennial of the death of U.S. Marine Cpl. J. Willard Moran, who died June 9, 1918, three days after he was shot during the battle of Belleau Wood in France. He was 22.

That intersection at Chandler and May streets is already known as Moran Square.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that a Marine honor guard, Mayor Joseph Petty, representatives of Worcester State University, and Moran’s 90-year-old nephew are expected to attend.

Cpl. Moran was a graduate of Worcester’s Classical High School and the Worcester Normal School, which is now Worcester State.

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