1 min readBy Published On: December 7th, 2019Categories: News2 Comments on Martin McDonough Hero Square Dedication

On Saturday morning, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office of Veterans’ Services dedicated the area outside 329A West Broadway as a Hero Square to commemorate Martin McDonough, a South Boston resident who was killed in action in November 1942 while serving aboard the USS Juneau.  

Nephews of McDonough – Joey and Johnny McDonough were in attendance in addition to family, friends, neighborhoods and elected officials.

More about McDonough

Martin Francis McDonough, United States Navy, September 29, 1914 – November 13, 1942. Martin Francis McDonough was born on September 29, 1914, in Boston. A resident of South Boston, McDonough enlisted in the United States Navy on January 14, 1942, and began active duty three days later. He served as a Seaman Second Class aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau, fighting in many battles.

On November 13, 1942, McDonough was lost at sea and presumed dead when the USS Juneau was sunk by a torpedo. There were only 10 survivors. For his sacrifice and his service, McDonough was awarded the Purple Heart. Martin was survived by his parents, Patrick and Margaret, and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

Special thank you to Bobby Higgins for sharing. 


  1. Susan Cleary April 17, 2022 at 11:17 am - Reply

    John McDonough is a cruel child ABUSER and should be disgusted in himself .

  2. Susan Cleary April 17, 2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I see John McDonough in this picture and I also see how he kept me from my mother the last 1.5 years of her life she passed away he never called me her next of kin her only living family member except one brother that Johnny doesn’t even like, is a …. N now maybe half house HE LIED AND SAID I WANTED HALF WELL NOW I AM GOING AFTER HALF THE ORDER UNDER HE’S BEEN IN MY LIFE 31 YEARS AND HE’S A CHILD ABUSER not my words my doctors

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