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February 27, 2014

WWII veteran to receive Legion's Americanism Award

Perley Roderick Jr. tracked down, marked veterans' graves in Danvers

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Roderick said he was wounded by shrapnel on one of the Army’s many attempts to take Mount Belvedere in Italy.

“I got hit in my arm and my leg,” he said.

Roderick served as the veterans agent for 11 years. In all, he said he located and marked 110 graves of Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans.

He is also credited with ferreting out several nearly forgotten cemeteries in remote parts of town, including those where the remains of some early patriots are buried.

Roderick started working for the town in 1955 in equipment and maintenance for the highway department, according to town records. By 1967, he was the head mechanic and in 1969 was promoted to equipment superintendent.

He was named assistant veterans agent in 1974, and three years later took over as director of veterans services and employment assistance. He took on additional duties of the parking clerk in 1981 before retiring in 1985.

Tonight’s ceremony had been postponed by snow earlier this month. The public is invited to attend the 7 p.m. ceremony during the American Legion Post 180 meeting at the VFW Hall, 5 Conant St.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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