Wrentham Seeks Service Members’ Names for New Persian Gulf Memorial
Town Administrator Kevin Sweet and Veteran’s Agent Rebecca Jennings are asking the public for assistance in creating a list of Wrentham service members to include on a new veterans’ memorial in town.
The town of Wrentham is moving into the final phase of preparation for installing a new Persian Gulf Veteran’s Memorial on the town common, now that full funding has been secured.
The memorial will be emplaced on the same line that currently holds the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials.
The final preparation for the memorial is focused on fully identifying veterans’ names to be engraved on the monument. The town is using multiple government databases to acquire names, but is also seeking the public’s help in order to create as complete a list as possible.
Anyone who meets the following criteria is asked to submit their information as soon as possible:
• Any active duty, reservist or guardsman who served during the period of Aug. 2, 1990 to present, and listed Wrentham as their Home of Record (HOR) upon entering the service.
• Anyone who served during the period, is a current resident and has not had their name emplaced on a similar monument in the HOR.
In order to ensure information is complete and not duplicative, service members are encouraged to log onto the town’s website and complete and return a short questionnaire. This is especially important for anyone who entered service from a town other than Wrentham. (NOTE: Please use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer to view the questionnaire on a PC, or use Safari on a Mac).
The questionnaire will ask for the following information: service member’s name, branch of service, rank, dates of service, Home of Record at initial service entry, awards or ribbons received resulting from service in theater (Southwest Asia Service Member, Operation Enduring Freedom Ribbon), basic contact information, and any other pertinent information the service member wishes to share.
Completion of the questionnaire will require a copy of the service member’s DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, or another appropriate document of service.
Anyone who is not able to complete the questionnaire online may contact Veteran’s Agent Jennings at 508-699-0120 or Wrentham Selectman Jerry McGovern at 774-571-0811.
“We look forward to honoring as many Wrentham residents as we can as part of this new memorial,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “A lot of very hard work has gone into the planning of this monument, which was complicated by the ongoing pandemic, and it means a great deal that we will soon be able to have the names of those who served in the Persian Gulf listed alongside other Wrentham service members.”