Laurence W. Gay Post 55, Incorporated

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Laurence W. Gay Post 55



Laurence W. Gay served overseas in World War I with the 101st Field Artillery of the 26th "Yankee" Division. His death in October 1918 in France was a direct result of a gas shell explosion. A letter written to the Gay family from the American Red Cross read in part "One of the last coherent things he said before he passed into the half sleep which preceded death was: 'We're winning, boys!'" Gay was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star for his extraordinary heroism during World War I. American Legion Post #55 on Hollis Street is named after this brave young man of Groton.