WWI Soldiers Honored
A ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I was recently held at the J. Claire Carmody Post 39 American Legion in Poultney. At the event, organized by the Sons of the American Legion Post 39, Vermont State Representative Robert Helm presented a copy of House Concurrent Resolution 249 passed by House and Senate members, which honors, in this centennial year, the efforts and sacrifices of all Vermonters during the First World War. The ceremony also recognized US Army Corporal J. Claire Carmody of Grove Street, Poultney, who was the first Poultney life sacrificed when killed in action while in France. The ceremony also honored Private Llewelyn ‘Chlone’ Isaac Hughes, a Poultney soldier who was twice combat wounded in France in 1918, and who was a first-hand eyewitness to the direct-hit combat death of Corporal Carmody, and Private Joseph Raoul Lefrancois of West Rutland, who was killed in combat in France on September 26, 1918. Thomas A. Hughes, grandson of Private Hughes, would appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of the family of J. Claire Carmody, as he strives to have his name entered in to the Roll of Honor at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. To add his name, a relative of J. Claire Carmody needs to document that Claire’s next of kin were given Claire’s Purple Heart medal after February 1932. Thomas can be reached at 802-388-2967.