Holyoke War Memorials

  • Holyoke War Memorial Building - The War, or Soldiers, Memorial Building was constructed in 1936 under the auspices of the city and the Public Works Administration (PWA). Its chief interior features are a large auditorium and three meeting rooms, plus several small offices. The Appleton street facade is inscribed: "1917-1918, War Memorial. The Veterans of the World War share this memorial tribute with American Veterans of all times." Just as the smaller war memorial in Hampden Park reflected the tastes of the post-Civil War generation so did this building reflect the nationwide trend of erecting monumental structures in honor of the veterans of the World War. Located at 310 Appleton Street.  
  • Medal of Honor Memorial. Holyoke has had three recipients of the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the Medal of Honor Memorial in Veterans Park as well the Medal of Honor Room at the War Memorial are dedicated to them: 
  • John S. Mackenzie, (July 7, 1886 – December 26, 1933) chief boatswain's mate, after whom the stadium here is named, received the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on the U.S.S. Remlick in 1917 during World War I. At sea, a 100-pound container of TNT got loose in the choppy waters and in order to keep the explosive from banging around, Mackenzie sat on it until it could be secured.
  • U.S. Army Lt. Raymond O. Beaudoin (July 15, 1918 – April 6, 1945) was posthumously awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor. He was killed by machine gun fire in Germany in April 1945 after leading several attacks against fierce fighting near the town of Hamelin. The Beaudoin Village apartment complex on Leary Drive is named after him.
  • The U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor also was awarded posthumously to U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph F. Muller (June 23, 1908 – May 16, 1945), for whom the Muller Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley is named. He was killed on Okinawa, an island of Japan, in May 1945 after he jumped on a grenade in a foxhole to save other soldiers from harm.
  • Crosier Field - Long known as "Soldier's Field", it was renamed and dedicated as Crosier Field on Armistice (Veteran's) Day, 1939, in memory of the late Major William J. Crosier.  Crosier was, for 15 years, the superintendent of Holyoke's parks and playgrounds. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42011.933' W 072037.855'
  • Ex-Prisoners of War - At the Small Island on Westfield Road: American, Ex-Prisoners of War, Non Solum Armis Latin for "Not by Arms Alone." In Memory of all Prisoners of War, 1989. Donated to Western Mass Chapter of EX-POWs. http://www.axpow.org/default.htm. American Ex-Prisoners of War is a not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families. Established April 14, 1942. National Headquarters, 3201 East Pioneer Parkway #40, Arlington, TX 76010-5396, Tel: 817-649-2979. Monument GPS Coordinates: N42011.701' W072038.111'
  • Mackenzie Field - Previously known as "The Range" and later known as "Beech Street Grounds", Mackenzie stadium, built as a Works Progress Administration project, was dedicated on Labor Day, September 4, 1939, in memory of the late John S. Mackenzie.  Mackenzie was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on the U.S.S. Remlick, December 17, 1917. It was Holyoke's first enclosed stadium and hosts numerous sport teams/events. The Valley Blue Sox a collegiate summer baseball team and member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, plays its home games at Mackenzie Stadium. Memorial located at east side near Beech Street gate. His Biography and Medal of Honor Citation can be viewed by clicking on his name above. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.081' W 072037.367'
  • McNally Field- One of the original three City playgrounds. On Sunday, May 31, 1939, the West Street, Ward One Playground was renamed and dedicated in memory of Sergeant William J. McNally. Sgt. McNally was an honored veteran, leader in sports and was an example to the youth of the City. He was killed in action in June of 1918 while serving in France. Located at 45 Winter Street. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.131' W 072035.900'
  • Mitchell Field - Edwin J. Mitchell 1887-1913, Killed in Oise-Aisne France. Edwin J. Mitchell Field was originally named Prospect Field.  In was renamed in 1933 and formally dedicated in honor of Private Mitchell in 1937. The field became most popular and at one time included the retaining wall, permanent bleachers and a new backstop. (Located at the Rotary at Muller Bridge).  Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.715' W 072036.783'
  • Sheard Park - Named in honor of Holyoke Army serviceman Lt. William "Bill" J. Sheard, who died in action in World War II December 21, 1944.  The former Ward Six playground was constructed in 1961 in the area known as Poor Park.  Bill Sheard was well known, captain of the baseball and basketball teams as well as president of the class of 1929 at Sacred Heart High. The park contains the bronze memorial plaque. Inscription reads: Dedicated to the memory of 2nd Lt. William J. Sheard Co. G 157th Inf. Regt. 7th Army Sept. 11, 1911 + Dec. 21, 1944 Killed in Action in Germany during World War II Lt. Sheard was a love of sports and a credit to this community in which he lived. Citizens of Holyoke take pride in honoring his memory. Marker is at the Intersection of Jackson Street and Maple Street, on the right when traveling east on Jackson Street. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42011.920' W 072037.066'
  • Veterans Park - Originally known as Hampden Park, located in downtown Holyoke, it was renamed Veteran's Memorial Park on January 22, 1962.  This park is home to the Soldiers Monument "Female Liberty" which was formally dedicated on July 4, 1876.  The monument, designed by H.G. Ellicott of Virginia, is a memorial to the 55 people from Holyoke who died in the Civil War. Today, the park also contains Vietnam, Korean Conflict and World War II memorials, several benches and open space. Park GPS Coordinates: N 42012.509' W 072036.505' 
  • Civil War Monument - Civil War Monument located within Veterans Park in the city of Holyoke, MA. It honors the 55 citizens of Holyoke who died during the war. This monument resides in Veterans Park that is located near the center of Holyoke. Standing above the granite base is the figure of Lady Liberty holding both a shield and a wreath. The front Inscription reads: In Memory of Our Volunteers Who Died For The Union 1861-1865. The granite base is adorned with four bronze relief plaques. These plaques are well done and the highlight of the monument. The monument was provided by the city of Holyoke at a cost of $10,000. Its dedication was July, 4th, 1876.  Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.502' W 072036.503'
  • Korean Veterans Memorial - Dedicated to the memory and honor of those men from Holyoke who gave their lives in the Korean Conflict, 1950-1955. Norman Brissette · William G. Carroll · Anthony J. Castro · Roland V. Charpentier · Richard F. Donoghue · Roland J. Dostie · Robert O. Fountain · Harry Fournier · Gerald J. Gagne · Frank M. Geraghty · Jules Hauterman, Jr. · Harold J. Kane · Roland E. LaFleur · James R. Law · Ferdinand J. McClure, Jr. · Martin R. Narey · James C. Reynolds · Edward H. Seavey · William J. Shaughnessy · Christopher H. Slater · James M. Sullivan · Harlan E. Talley · Arthur J. Thibault. Located in Veterans Park the Marker is on the north end of Holyoke's Hampden Park on Hampden Street west of Maple Street, on the left traveling west. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.523' W 0720.36.477'    
  • The Vietnam Memorial - The Vietnam Memorial for the city of Holyoke is located within Veterans Park, in the center of the city. This Vietnam Memorial is made up of three granite stones.  Inscription Left monument - “Taps For A Buddy". The top of the stone has the names and dates of death for 5 Holyoke soldiers. Leonard L. Kaster 1/LT USAF Aug. 6, 1964 | Stanley P. Kierzek SGT USA July 20, 1965 | Robert G. Bousquet CORP USMC Aug. 18, 1965 | David L. Owens L/CORP USMC Oct. 5, 1966 | Ronald Giroux PFC USA Dec. 28, 1966. Inscription Center monument - "1959-1975". "With sincere appreciation to the men of Holyoke who gave their lives in the Republic of Vietnam. To the men and women called upon to serve during an era of discord and turmoil and did so with great personal strength and courage. To those who have not returned and may never return we will never close the book on you.”  Inscription Right Monument -  "We Stand Free Because They Fought.” Thomas M. Seklecki CORP USA Mar. 21, 1967 | George D. Lacus Jr. PFC USMC Oct. 26, 1967 | Donald A. Labonte HM3 USN Feb. 28, 1968 | Vincent O. McCann Jr. CORP USA Dec. 26, 1969 | Clayton K. Hough Jr. L/CORP USMC Feb. 9, 2004   Located in Veterans Park the Marker is at the north end of the park on Hampden St west of Maple St, on the left traveling west. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.525' W 072036.484'     
  • World War II Memorial - Located in Veterans Park the Marker Inscription reads: Dedicated in honor of the 212 people from Holyoke who paid the supreme sacrifice and all others who served. Lest We Forget. Monument is at the south end of Holyoke's Hampden Park, bounded by Chestnut, Maple, Dwight and Hampden Streets. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.509' W 072036.505'   
  • General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Park and Gold Star Mothers Monument - Tadeusz Kosciuszko was born on February 4, 1746 in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, in a village located in present-day Belarus. He graduated from the Corps of Cadets School in Warsaw. He traveled to the United States in 1776 to participate in the American Revolution against the British as a Colonel of Engineers in the Continental Army. Kosciuszko was a brilliant military engineer and was most famous for his design successful fortifications during the American Revolution. His first mission was to fortify the Philadelphia waterfront at Fort Mercer. In 1777 Kosciuszko designed the defenses of Saratoga that led to the defeat of the British and the surrender of General Gates. In 1778 Kosciuszko was the chief engineer in charge of designing and supervising the construction of the defenses at West Point, NY. In 1783, he was promoted to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. Following the American defeat of the British he returned to Poland to join the fight for Polish independence as a Major General in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's Army. Kosciuszko spent the last years of his life in Switzerland, where he died on October 15, 1817 at the age of 72. He is buried in Wawel Castle, in Krakow, Poland, where Polish kings are buried. Dedicated Monday May 21, 1990.  A monument honoring Tadeusz Kosciuszko is inscribed on the front with a bas-relief sculpture of General Kosciuszko and the following inscription: 



POLAND'S COMMANDER IN CHIEF 1794 – 1795.                             

  • The Monument is located at 151-173 Lyman Street. GPS Coordinates: N 42012.590' W 072036.342'
  • B-17 Memorial  On the service road to the top of Mount Tom, stands in memory of 25 returning servicemen of WWII whose lives, while in route from Goose Bay Labrador in 1946, came to a close when their aircraft crashed near this site. The memorial stone is engraved with the symbols of the various branches of military service, brief words about the crash, names of the servicemen and a prayer by Norman Cote, originator of the memorial. The site is funded and maintained by dedicated volunteers. The crash site went unmarked until 1994 when someone piled rocks there as a memorial. Holyoke resident Norman Cote noticed the rock memorial and persuaded local officials to establish a permanent monument on the old tramway. Fifty years after the tragedy, a monument was constructed at the crash site – dedicated on July 6, 1996, the Saturday before the 50th anniversary of the mishap.  Monument GPS Coordinates: N42014.753' W072038.572'
  • The Vietnam Memorial Bridge (aka Holyoke Bridge, South Hadley Falls Bridge, and County Bridge) is a girder bridge that spans the Connecticut River between South Hadley and Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was built in 1889 by New Jersey Steel and Iron Company based in Trenton, New Jersey, and was designed by Edward S. Shaw
  • The Joseph E. Muller Bridge Crossing of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, connecting the towns of Holyoke and South Hadley. The bridge was named after Holyoke Resident Joseph E. Muller a US Army Soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor. The bridge carries U.S. Route 202 (US 202). History and construction of the bridge. The bridge was constructed in 1958 as part of a new bypass of U.S. Route 202 (Purple Heart Drive). The project was officially completed in October 1960, when the Sgt. Joseph E. Muller Bridge opened. His Biography and Medal of Honor Citation can be viewed by clicking on his name above.
  • Beaudoin Village Housing Project.   Beaudoin Village was named after Holyoke Resident Raymond Ovila Beaudoin (July 15, 1918 – April 6, 1945) who was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II.   His Biography and Medal of Honor citation can be viewed by clicking on his name above