John P. Collopy Square


No. 22034 John P. Collopy

The intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Belfort Street was designated a Hero Square for John P. Collopy.

John P. Collopy United States Army 6 July 1946 – 15 July 1967 John Patrick Collopy was born on July 6, 1946 to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Collopy in Limerick City, Ireland. His family moved to the United States in Dorchester, and John demonstrated his devotion to his adopted country when he was inducted into the United States Army on April 25, 1966.Private First Class (PFC) Collopy proudly served in the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Their base camp was in the Michelin Rubber Plantation in Dau Tieng, Vietnam. On July 15, 1967 the camp was attacked and PFC Collopy was in a M-113 APC that exploded when struck by an RPG rocket. He sustained wounds and flash burns over of most of his body. He went into shock and was evacuated to a hospital in Tay Ninh, were he died from his injuries. For his heroism in combat Collopy was awarded the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross.John was survived by his parents. On June 22, 1968, Congress granted him U.S. Citizenship.

Collopy lived at 5 Maryland Street.  He attended the John L. Motleyelementary School and the Grover Cleveland Junior High School.


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January 11, 2022

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