1.1 min readBy Published On: May 27th, 2024Categories: Features3 Comments on On Memorial Day we remember Michael J Perkins

If you get your coffee at PS Gourmet, or wait at the traffic light at the intersection of where East and West Broadway meet with Dorchester Street, have you ever wondered why it’s called Perkins Square.  Well, here’s the reason!

Michael J Perkins was a war hero who received the nation’s highest award for bravery, the Congressional Medal of Honor.  A South Boston native, he lived on West Seventh Street until he enlisted in the Army in 1916.  While stationed in France, Perkins was involved in combat with German Troops in 1918.  With a knife in one hand and a grenade in the other, he crawled alone to the area where German soldiers fired machine guns.  Perkins single-handedly killed and wounded the enemy, subdued seven machine guns and took 25 prisoners.  Suffering an injury to his arm, he was ordered to the infirmary.  The ambulance that was taking Perkins to the hospital was struck by a shell, and all occupants were killed instantly.

In 1920, as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade ceremony, the intersection of Broadway and Dorchester Street was dedicated to Michael J. “Mickey” Perkins.

So on this Veterans Day – we thank Michael Perkins – a war hero from Southie!  We also thank the brave men and women who serve and have served our country – and their families for the sacrifices they have made!


  1. Gerald Burke November 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget the Perkins School on Burke Street in the OCP was named after him.

  2. Kevin November 12, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Nice reminder for all. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Barry May 27, 2024 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Yes, thanks for posting this. I’m embarrassed to say I’m 69 years old and never knew about Michael Perkins til today. Also remember the Perkins post at O and 4th.

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