William F. Davitt Memorial Bridge (MA)

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Information

Title

William F. Davitt Memorial Bridge (MA)

Date

dedicated November 11, 1931; rededicated November 11, 2013

Description

The rededication of the rebuilt William F. Davitt Memorial Bridge was held in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. The structure, originally dedicated on Armistice Day 1931, is named in honor of Father William F. Davitt, a First Lieutenant in the Army cited for bravery on August 6, 1918 during operations along the Vesle River in which he rescued forty wounded soldiers. A chaplain, Davitt was the last US officer to die in World War I; he was killed by one of the last shells fired in the war, on the morning of November 11, 1918. The original plaque still stands on the north side of the bridge.

Location

Springfield St. (Rte. 116). over the Chicopee River
Chicopee, Hampden County, Massachusetts