All four boys of John J Flaherty, 102 Broadway, Norwood, are in the service. Two are in the Navy and two are in the Army.
Besides their father, they have a sister living in Norwood. She is Mrs. Nelson J. Caniff, and two of her brothers. Peter and James, have never seen their six-month-old nephew, Nelson J. Caniff Jr.
Cpl. John P. Flaherty, 26, entered the Army on August 5, 1942.
He’s In the radio end of the Army Air Force ground crew work. From Atlantic City, his first station, he moved to Sioux Falls Air Base, S. D., then to Boca Baton Field, Fla., and is now at MacDill Field, Tampa, Fla.
His last furlough home was In March of this year. A graduate of Norwood High, John worked for the N. Y., N. H. & H railroad. He’s engaged to be married to Miss Florence McGafity of Dorchester.
Peter F. Flaherty, 23, gunner’s mate third class, signed up with the Navy Reserve on April 21, 1942. He trained at Newport, R. I., and was on sea duty on a destroyer after training. He did convoy duty In the Atlantic Fleet to Northern Ireland, Iceland, etc.
Transferred to the Pacific fleet early this year, when he was last home, he Is now on duty somewhere in the Pacific. He graduated from Norwood High and formerly worked at H A. Morse Corp. and Fore River Shipyard.
James E. Flaherty, 22, fireman second class, joined the Navy Reserve on October 15, 1942 After boot training at Newport, he went to Richmond, Va., to Diesel engine school until January. He was in Boston from January to March, and since then has been on active duty with the Atlantic fleet.
A Norwood High graduate, he worked at Winslow Bros & Smith and was also a well-known “spark” of the Norwood Fire Department, and a camera enthusiast.
Last of the four Flaherty’s is PFC. Joseph P. Flaherty, 20, who entered the Army on March 31, He’s training with the infantry at Fort Leanord Wood, Mo., and was home on furlough last month.
After graduating from Norwood High, Joseph worked at Winslow’s and at the Hingham shipyard. He was also a familiar figure at Sansone’s Garage, Broadway.