WilliamMcCarthy_300x300On Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:00am the Town of Brookline will honor late US Navy Veteran William L. McCarthy with an official flag raising ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial in front of Town Hall at 333 Washington St. Brookline, MA. This ceremony will be conducted by the Veterans’ Services Office.


Due to anticipated inclement weather, the flag raising ceremony honoring William L. McCarthy has been rescheduled to Monday March 2 at 8am. It will take place at the flag pole by the Veterans’ Memorial at Brookline Town Hall.

William L. McCarthy left Brookline High School in his junior year and joined the US Navy at age 17. He served on three vessels: the destroyer escort USS R.S. Bull, the destroyer USS Barton, and the submarine USS Runner. He worked on the fire control systems for both cannons and torpedoes. Mr. McCarthy served in the Pacific and participated in five invasions including the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the war, Mr. McCarthy went on to become a Brookline Firefighter, retiring in 1986 after 33 years of service. William was also deeply involved in the veterans’ community for half a century. He was a member and past commander of the Brookline VFW post and a member of the American Legion. He was also the post Quartermaster (treasurer) and the state VFW Quartermaster for over 40 years.

William McCarthy’s commitment to his fellow veterans lives on as he was the guiding force in investing Post funds ensuring the viability of the local Veterans’ Post for years to come. The post would not have had the funds for their recent renovations without his stewardship of the post finances for more than four decades.

The Town of Brookline will honor William L. McCarthy for a lifetime of service to his country and his community. Following the flag raising, the Veterans’ Post will be dedicating the William L. McCarthy Reading Room at its facility at Washington St. Brookline, MA.

The Post will also honor Kenneth Goldstein, Chair of the Board of Selectmen with the Arthur Hurley award in recognition of his support of veterans particularly during the recent post renovation process.

For more information about this ceremony, please contact Veterans’ Services Officer William McGroarty at 617-730-2113. In case of snow, the ceremony will be conducted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00am.