The intersection of Romsey Street and Romsey Circle was designated a Hero Square for James Joseph Rice.
James Joseph Rice United States Coast Guard 26 June 1914 – 13 June 1943 James Joseph Rice was born on June 26, 1914 in Medford MA. As a resident of Dorchester, James enlisted into the United States Coast Guard on July 9, 1942 and began active duty that same day. James served as Petty Officer Second Class. On June 13, 1943 James was declared missing and presumed dead over the North Atlantic. For the heroism displayed in his service to our country, James was awarded the Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. James was survived by his mother Winifred Rice and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial in New York City, USA.
James lived at 12 Draper Street. He was employed as a clerk by the Jordan Marsh Company for eight years. When he entered the service, he was an employee of the city of Boston Welfare Department. James J. Rice was stationed in the pay office of the District Coast Guard Office before going to sea. He died at the age of 28 in the explosion aboard the Coast Guard cutter Escanaba.