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Joseph M. Connors

Submitted by: Claude A. Poirier {Commander, American Legion Post named after Veteran}

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Joseph M. Connos was born around 1893. Joseph Connors served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1911 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service


The history of Legion Post #139 is intertwined with the history of the town tor the past half century, the post having celebrated its jubilee year In 1969, along with the National American Legion.

Early 1n 1919, Edward N. Wilson, expressing the sentiment ot the majority of returned WWI servicemen, applied to the Mass. state secretary of the American Legion, Leo A. Spillane, for permission to form a local American Legion post. A formative meeting as held an July 19, 1919 at the Ayer Board of Trade, with 35 men present.

Dr. Bertrand H. Hopkins was elected temporary chairman and Mr, Wilson temporary secretary. It was voted unanimously to form a post and to apply for a charter.The name of the Post was decided on after contemplating six names submitted by a committee. It honors Sergeant Joseph M. Connors, Machine Gun Company, 26th U.S. Infantry, First Division, who was Killed in Action.  Sgt. Connors fell in the battle for Exermont, near Very, on the heights of the Aire, on October 4, 1918.