The intersection of Adams Street and Richmond Street was designated a Hero Square fro James E. Howley.
United States Army 26 September 1925 – 8 July 1944 James Elmer Howley was born to Mary and Joseph B. Howley on September 26, 1924 in Dorchester, he attended Dorchester High School graduating in 1943. James was inducted into the United States Army on April 19, 1943. Private First Class (PFC) Howley proudly served with the 22nd Infantry Regiment 4th Army Division in France until he was killed in action on July 8, 1944. PFC Howley was awarded the Purple Heart for the heroism he demonstrated in his service to our county. He was survived by his three brothers Sgt. Joseph USA, Cpl. Theodore Jr. USAAF and Sgt. Frank USSAF, ALL of whom were actively serving at the time of PFC Howley’s death. He was also survived by his parents, Mary and Joseph Howley of Dorchester, MA.
Howley lived at 1103 Adams Street. He joined the armed forces soon after leaving high school. He was a star football player at Dorchester High and Mechanic Arts High Schools. Howley had been overseas nearly a month when he was killed in action with his infantry unit.