1LT Eugene Galligan

1LT Eugene Galligan

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 8 Sep 1918 (aged 21)
France
Burial Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Fenwick Avenue Lot 677; 14 grave lots
Memorial ID 176466487 · View Source
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Son of Dr. Eugene T. & Mary (Kinney) Galligan.

~~~Biography from Harvard University ~~~
Harvard University, A.B. 1917. Enlisted and appointed Private 1st Class, January 5, 1918. Detailed to Officer's Training School, Camp Upton, N.Y. Assigned to 305th Infantry, 77th Division, March 26, 1918. Sailed for France, April 16, 1918. Promoted to Corporal, May 9, 1918. Promoted Sergeant, June 18, 1918. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Infantry, July 13 to date from June 1, 1918. Transferred to Company I, 308th Infantry, 77th Division. Promoted 1st Lieutenant, September 5, 1918. Killed in Action September 8, 1918, near Revillon, France. Engagements - Baccarat Sector, Aisne-Oise Offensive (Vesle River). [Original bio posted by Cate Daley].

The Gold Star Record of Massachusetts offers another detailed biography of this hero: "Galligan, Eugene, Second Lieutenant, Inf.: killed in action 8 September 1918 [near Blanzy-les-Fismes]. Enlisted 5 Jan 1918, N.A., Officers Training School, Camp Upton; trans. 26 March to Co. B 305th Inf, 77th Div. Sergeant 8 May 1918. Dis 12 July 1918 to accept commission. Commissioned 2d Lieut., Inf., 13 July 1918 to date from 1 June; trans to 308th Inf 77th Div. [1st Lieut. Inf 5 Sep 1918 but had not taken oath prior to death. In command of company at death]. Overseas 16 April 1918. -Born 16 Jan 1897 in Boston, Instructor in Military Science, Phillips Exeter Academy. Harvard, A.B. 1917; prepared at Roxbury Latin School. An annual prize awarded in Roxbury Latin School is known as "The Eugene Galligan Memorial Detur." Square named in his memory."

Originally buried in France. Body returned in 1921 to Massachusetts and re-interred in Holyhood Cemetery.

Obituary 13 July 1921: Boston Post Newspaper: Military Funeral for Roxbury Hero. Preparations are being made to receive the body of Lieutenant Eugene L. Galligan, Roxbury's hero officer, who was killed overseas while serving with Company I, 308th Infantry, at Blanzy, France, by the Roxbury Post of the American Legion, the Mission Hill Post and several other military organizations in that section of the city. The body is expected to arrive at Hoboken, N.J., within a few days. Delegations from the several military organizations whose members will pay tribute to the memory of the dead youth, after whom a square in Roxbury has already been named, will accompany the body to this city upon the arrival in this country. A military funeral will be held, at which hundreds of people are expected.

19 July 1921 Boston Post, page 20
GALLIGAN--Lieut Eugene Galligan, killed in action in France, Sept 8, 1918, son of Dr. Eugene T. and Mary Kinney Galligan. Body will lie in state at residence, 84 Warren st., from Monday noon. Funeral at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 19 with solemn requiem mass at St. Joseph's Church, Circuit St., at 10 a.m. Military funeral.


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  • Maintained by: Janice Brown
  • Originally Created by: Cate Daley
  • Added: 18 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176466487
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Eugene Galligan (16 Jan 1897–8 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176466487, citing Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Janice Brown (contributor 48126984) .