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ENFIELD LEGION POST 80

POST HISTORY(continued)

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 PRIVATE HORACE J. TANGUAY

Company I, 102nd Infantry

Was gassed and hospitalized for five weeks.  Upon returning to active duty in the Chateau Thierry sector, Horace was wounded with shrapnel, and died on July 22, 1918.

Born on July 23, 1890, Horace was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Tanguay.  He attended the Hazrdville School, learned the carpenter trade which he worked at before enlisting.  He was one of five brothers all serving their country in World War One.

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WILLIAM WATSON MAGILL

Seaman First Class, U. S. Navy

Was lost at sea atthe age of twenty-one, with the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau during the Battle of Guadalcanal, Novemeber 13, 1942, in World War Two.

Watson enlisted in January, 1941.  Following training at Newport Naval Station in Rhode Island, and service on the USS Prairie, he was assigned to the light cruiser, USS Juneau, upon its commission on February 14, 1942.

Born May 3, 1921, Watson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Magill of Thompsonville.  He was educated in the Enfield public schools and graduated form the Mount Hermon School at Mt. Hermon, Mass., in June, 1938.  He earned varsity letters in football, lacrosse, and was co-captain of the Mt. Hermon swimming team.

He attended Camp Woodstock, in Woodstock, Conn., several summers, and a cabin there is named in his honor.

While a student at American International College in Springfield, Mass., creative writing and drama were his main interests.  He was employed at the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company and at Billings and Spencer in Hartford.  He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church.

Medals awarded to Watson posthumously are the Purple Heart, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service, and World War Two Victory Medal.

A memorial scroll form the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt reads:

"He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings.  Freedom lives, and through it, he lives - in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men."

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