WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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David George Ouellet 1944 -1967 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner FINAL RESTING PLACE: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley. KILLED IN ACTION: March 6, 1967, at age 22 of head injuries suffered when a Viet Cong grenade struck his patrol boat. Ouellet was one of three Wellesley residents killed in the Vietnam War. FROM MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: "Seaman Ouellet spotted an incoming enemy grenade falling toward the boat. He immediately left the protected position of his gun mount and ran aft for the full length of the speeding boat, shouting to his fellow crewmembers to take cover. Observing the boat captain standing unprotect- ed on the boat, Seaman Ouellet bounded on to the engine compartment cover and pushed the boat captain down to safety. In the split second that followed the grenade's landing, and in the face of certain death, Seaman Ouellet fearlessly placed himself between the deadly missile and his shipmates, courageously absorbing most of the blast fragments with his body in order to protect his ship- mates from injury and death." SENSE OF DUTY: Volunteered for second tour in Vietnam. "Those guys are waiting for me to come back," he told his brother-in-law, Ron Hopkins. BEFORE THE WAR: Born in Newton and raised in Wellesley, one of nine children. Attended John D. Hardy School and Wellesley Middle School, and then went to work for the Alfred Fisher Trucking Company in Wellesley. RARE HONOR FOR A SEAMAN: The USS Ouellet, a Navy frigate launched in 1970, was named in his honor. The 438-foot submarine hunter was decommissioned in 1993 and later sold to the Royal Navy of Thailand. NAME LIVES ON: The USS Ouellet Association, made up of former crew members, meets every two years and has adopted the Ouellet family. The association supports the David G. Ouellet Division of the Sea Cadets, based in Gloucester. WELLESLEY HONORS: Ouellet Playground on Cedar Street, a plaque honoring Ouellet at entryway of Wellesley Fire Station on Route 9. 92 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 VIP, RIP (In Wellesley) top: David George Ouellet in Vietnam bottom: A port bow view of the frigate USS OUELLET (FF-1077) underway P H 3 D A V E S I M P S O N

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