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This Day in Norwood History-September 27, 1988-Nahatan St Bridge Dedicated to George T Lee

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Thousands of motorists who over the Street bridge will now be paying honor to ’s most decorated war hero.

The bridge was dedicated Sunday with a bronze plaque identifying it as a to George T. Lee.

Before his in , the Norwood airman had been awarded the ; the with 13 oak leaf clusters; , with citation; the : and many other honors.

The Lee family was coincidentally Involved in getting the bridge built.

, a resident of 26 Rock St. in Norwood wrote a to the editor of a local newspaper in 1933, suggesting the of a bridge and at the site of the Nahatan Street tracks. She pointed out that the section of town in which she lived did not have easy access to the business district, and that children using a “poke-hole” near the were risking their lives every time they walked to their and churches.

Mrs. Lee’s proposal fell on deaf ears until 1936 when her suggestion was finally adopted.

She could never have known that the bridge would ultimately be dedicated to her son.

The speakers at the ceremonies had, for. the most part never met the colonel, but the remarks they made were pretty much on target, according to older citizens In a gathering of
almost 100.

“Ho was a small, modest kid whom everyone liked,” one man said. “At the Walpole store where he worked after graduating from Norwood High, he was known as ‘the skinny kid who always wore a smile.’ Following , he craved to Join the and wondered If he could make the grade without a college education. He began rushing over to MIT after work every , taking the courses that were offered for pilot candidates.”

’ Agent added a-humorous- note to Sunday’s ceremony when he remarked, “Georgie went out and ate a bunch oí bananas and drank a quart Of heavy cream on the day of his Induction, in order to make the weight.” Lee passed the Air Corps written test with flying colors.

Less than a year after leaving Norwood, Lee was flying fighter-bomber planes in the Mediterranean Theatre of the war, patrolling the North African coast and playing an important role in chasing the famed Gen. Rommel’s tank corps out of the desert.

War correspondents dubbed his squadron “.”

When the fighting swung to Sicily and Italy, the Norwood native was again in the thick of things. After flying 77 missions in (he eventually recorded 258 sorties), the newly promoted major was ordered home for a rest.

When the local paper learned the news, a headline blared, “Norwood Roars Welcome for Colonel Lee.”

By Joe Curran

Special to the Daily Newws Transcript, September 27, 1988

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