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WORLD WAR II – HONOR ROLL

SIXTH WARD – SOUTH TROY

DEDICATION OF SIXTH WARD HONOR ROLL

Undated photograph showing the dedication of the Sixth Ward Honor Roll on Burden Avenue just south of the South End Tavern and near the approach to the Menands Bridge.

The monument has been gone for many years. Currently that site is the home of a Hess Gas Station recently rebranded as Speedway.
The Sixth Ward Honor Roll listed the names of 339 men from that ward who were serving in World War II.

HONOR ROLL WHEN DEDICATED HAD 339 NAMES

ADDITIONAL NAMES ADDED TO THE MONUMENT

Subsequent to the dedication of the Monument, more names were added to include additional Sixth Ward men serving in the Armed Forces.

While the large “374” on the monument indicates 374 names were listed, there were only 370 names with four blank lines for the letter “N”. Whether additional names were ever added is unknown.

South End Tavern

Popular South Troy restaurant which opened in 1934 and closed June 2013 after almost 80 years in business. The building with its “Ladies Entrance” sign was designated a historic site by the Troy City Council. The “Ladies Entrance” sign has been acquired by the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy.

In the above photo you can just about see the gas station which occupies the former site of the Sixth Ward Honor Roll.

To read more about the South End Tavern see the story ONE BLOCK ON BURDEN AVENUE, SOUTH TROY under LOCAL HISTORY on the TIGS website.

Intersection of Burden Avenue and Mill Street

The flag pole and large stone directional monument at this intersection, just past the South End Tavern, is also long gone. Today the large wall in the background photograph is the scene of a painting of the Burden Water Wheel. Land behind the wall was the property of the former St. Joseph’s Infant Home.

Painting on Wall - Burden Avenue and Mill Street

Hess Gas Station, now rebranded as Speedway

The above Gas Station was built on the land where the World War II Honor Roll for Ward 6 was originally located. As the monument was constructed out of wood and over the years it disintegrated and was eventually torn down.

The wooded area directly behind the gas station was the location of one of the 3 gate houses for the Henry Burden Estate. This particular gatehouse which was long occupied by the McCarthy Family, employees of the Burdens. Located near the living quarters were also several brick carriage and horse buildings. A short distance away was the site of the famous Burden Water Wheel.

Burden Water Wheel

To read more about the discovery of this photograph of the famous Burden Water Wheel see the story DAVE’S GRILL, SOUTH TROY under LOCAL HISTORY on the TIGS website.

Photographs of three of the soldiers whose names are on the Memorial are shown below:

Thomas Jubic

Thomas Jubic, was one of the three Jubic brothers listed on the Memorial. The Jubic family lived on Kelly Street in South Troy and for many years operated The Snuggery Inn located at the corner of Kelly Street and Cross Street.

Left: Thomas McGrath – Right: Jack Ryan

The above photograph was taken in Miami, Florida. McGrath lived at 741 Burden Avenue. Jack Ryan was from the Ninth Ward according to the note on the photograph.

James Weston, Jr.

James Weston, Jr. was killed in the Pacific Theater in 1944 at the Battle of Peleiiu and was buried in a military cemetery in the Pacific.

War Department Notification of Death
After his mother died in 1948 his body was brought home by his father and he is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Troy.

The funeral service and interment was covered in the
October 15, 1948 Troy newspaper.

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LISTING OF NAMES ON SIXTH WARD

WORLD WAR II – HONOR ROLL

 

 

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