Photo of Richard Griffin taken by Paul
    Curran on Hopedale Pond in 1949.

    I have many memories and could go on and on, but I would like you to hear this one.
    I played basketball, one on one and horse on the outdoor court in the park with an
    older boy. He was in college and home for a short time before going in the military.
    He was a very physical but kind guy and he showed me some things about the
    game. I was amazed that he would let me, a skinny teen even touch the ball. We did
    this two or three times and I never saw him again. His name was Richard Griffin
    USMC and he was killed in action in Korea.  Ray Midgley HHS 52

    Hopedale History
    September 15, 2019
    No. 374
    Griffin Apartments Dedicated   

    Hopedale in August   


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                                                    Apartments Named in Honor of Griffin

    HOPEDALE - Oct. 26 (1964) - Approximately 350 persons attended the dedication of the Richard. J. Griffin Apartments
    for the Elderly on Hopedale Street yesterday.

    Mrs. Gertrude Griffin, mother of Griffin, the only Hopedale man to give his life in the Korean conflict , was a special guest
    at the ceremony.

    Chairman M. Russell Dennett of the Housing Authority presided. He related the story of the progress of the 40-unit
    project, which was approved in March of 1961.

    Atty. Francis J. Larkin of the Authority was the main speaker. Paying tribute to Griffin, Atty. Larkin said:

    "Those who knew, as a boy and a young man, Richard. J. Griffin, the only Hopedale serviceman to give his life in the
    Korean War, can only applaud the decision of the Hopedale Housing Authority to name the housing for the elderly
    project in his honor.

    "Whoever coined the ancient proverb that "the good die young" had such as Dick Griffin in mind. Dick had all the gentler
    qualities -- loyalty, modesty, courtesy, and a sense of the appropriate -- to a degree unusual in a person so young, and
    an unselfishness unique in a person of any age. But in Dick Griffin, these gifts of gentleness were conjoined in rarer
    measure with sterner qualities, perhaps unnoticed by those who knew only his quiet voice, his shy boyish manner, his
    finely sculpted face. With time, one perceived deep reserves of strong will and a maturity far beyond his years. He was
    truly one of those whom William James called 'the once born.'

    "Ever since his student days he was a leader of men, exercising a moral authority over his contemporaries which they
    rejoiced to recognize. On the playing field he compiled one of the most conspicuously brilliant records in the annals of
    high school athletics.

    "No one saw more clearly than he the moral issue of the Korean conflict. He felt the cause of the war so strongly that he
    left college to serve in the Marine Corps to dedicate his powers in promoting the sway of international law against the
    threat of brute force and arbitrary power. Ultimately, at the Pusan Reservoir, he gave his life in this cause.

    "It can hardly be denied that the premature cutting of the thread of a youthful, gifted life has its special poignancy. In
    Dick's case the ruthlessness of fate is mitigated by the fact that his life was expended in responding to the high call of
    duty in the cause of freedom.

    "Nonetheless, the dead should not cease to be in the minds of men. Hopefully, therefore, the Richard J. Griffin
    Apartments, dedicated this day to providing for the aged, a tender, full and rich life, will also served to perpetuate the
    memory and rich heritage of a gallant youth whose life, though incomplete, was not unfulfilled and who in diverse ways
    give abundant proof of the grace and gallantry of the human spirit."

    The invocation was given by Rev. John Simpson of the Union Evangelical Church and the benediction by Rev. Thomas
    J. Connellan of the Sacred Heart Church. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Frances Spear, school cafeteria manager.
    The flag raising ceremony was conducted by the Girl Scouts and V.F.W. and Legion color guards, with the high school
    band playing the national anthem. Milford Daily News clipping from a scrapbook kept by John Butcher.

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