By William Tauro
Dozens of military veterans gathered on Broadway in Somerville this past Saturday afternoon to honor a local Somerville hero, LT James A. Logan. A Square dedication sign was dedicated and unveiled in his honor in Ward 7 on Broadway in Somerville.
Family members, friends and fellow veterans were in attendance at the unveiling. Former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune and Somerville Mayoral Candidate William Tauro were also in attendance.
James A Logan
He was a World War II Era casualty on July 2, 1944. He served with honor in the United States Army Air Forces. He is remembered by the people of Somerville Massachusetts. May his positive example inspire us, as global citizens. When we work together, we can help one another.
James A Logan was born on April 26, 1921. His home was Somerville Massachusetts
He had enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. Served during World War II. Logan had the rank of First Lieutenant. His military occupation or specialty was Pilot. Service number assignment was O-690319. Attached to 487th Bomber Group, Heavy, 836th Bomber Squadron.
During his service in World War II, Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Logan experienced a traumatic event which ultimately resulted in loss of life on July 2, 1944. Recorded circumstances attributed to: KIA – Killed in Action. Incident location: France.
On July 2, 1944 the 487th Bomb Group dispatched two squadrons of B-24s to bomb the German V-weapon site near Belloy-sur-Somme, France. The Logan crew flew B-24H 42-52609 on this mission. On the return route, six crew members were killed in action when their aircraft was shot down by flak in the area of Bethune-St. Pol, France.
James A Logan is buried or memorialized at Veterans Cemetery, Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
★ World War II Victory Medal
★ Air Medal
★ Purple Heart
★ United States Aviator Badge Army
★ American Campaign Medal
★ Army Presidential Unit Citation
★ Army Good Conduct Medal
★ European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign