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Natick intersection will be dedicated to soldier killed in Vietnam

Posted by John Swinconeck  July 31, 2013 10:22 AM

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Selectmen voted Monday to dedicate the square at the intersection of Kansas and North Main streets to the memory of Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Michael Poteat.

Poteat was killed in action March 30, 1968, while serving in Vietnam. The square will be dedicated during a ceremony on Aug. 17 at noon.

The Town of Natick is working on dedicating public memorials for each of the town’s 11 soldiers who were killed in that war.

“This is number eight out of the Natick 11 we lost in Vietnam,” said Natick Veterans Services Director Paul Carew, in an interview before the selectmen’s meeting.

Carew said he hoped the remaining three memorials would be dedicated before Veterans Day.

According to Carew, Poteat, was 25 when he was killed in South Vietnam. He was originally from North Carolina, and was assigned in Natick, where he lived with his wife and two children, before going to Vietnam in December 1967. He was killed March 30, 1968

At the behest of the veterans council, the town began dedicating memorials to Vietnam War veterans in 2011, Carew said, starting with Cpl. Richard Bennett Rinehart, who was killed in 1971 at the age of 22. The square at Park Avenue and Baker Street is dedicated in his name.

Veterans Officer Pat Young said such memorials are important to help families gain a sense of closure.

Carew said that the veterans council has also been dedicating memorials for those who served in Korea and World War II.

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