Haverhill Group Seeks Relatives of Lost Servicemen for Vietnam Remembrance

A formal dedication of the city’s new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Street Park takes place Saturday, Nov. 10 and veterans’ relatives are invited to take part. (Courtesy photograph/Aaron Basiliere)

Members of Haverhill’s Veterans Memorial Ad Hoc Commission are searching for relatives of the city’s lost servicemen to take part in next month’s dedication of Haverhill’s new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Street Park.

Descendants—local and otherwise—of Ralph T. Basiliere, William L. Bonnell, William J. Cahill. Gregory C. Davis, Richard O. DeMaris, Frederick G. Derocher. James A. Finn, Michael J. Gambino, Barry S. Kyle, John C. Peel, Willard R. Ryan, Robert P. Schena and Arthur P. Williams are encouraged to connect with Committee chairman Ralph Basiliere to learn more about how to participate in the ceremony, planned for Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

Families may contact Basiliere, the nephew of Haverhill’s first Vietnam casualty, by calling 978-891-2281.

Vietnam veteran and former Haverhill City Councilor Louis T. Fossarelli plans to address families and community members at the dedication, which marks the formal relocation of the city’s monument.

The current memorial, long housed near the Basiliere Bridge, was removed last week for restoration by Rick Atwood of Atwood Memorials before being moved to Mill Street Park by John “Jay” Davidowicz.