Korean War Memorial
of Central Massachusetts
The Honorable Paul V. Mullaney
Many know Paul V. Mullaney as mayor of the city of Worcester; he served in 1963, 1964, and 1965. Many also know him for his public service as a Worcester city councilor from 1960 through 1967. And still more know of the Honorable Paul V. Mullaney's many accomplishments as District Court Judge from 1978 until his retirement in 1991.
But few know Judge Mullaney for his valiant service to our country in the Korean War. It is because of that service that we are proud to have Judge Mullaney as Honorary Chairman of the Korean War Memorial Committee of Central Massachusetts. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry, the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement, and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in the line of duty. We are honored by Judge Mullaney's participation in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Korean War and can think of no more fitting representative to serve as Honorary Chairman of the committee.
Judge Mullaney's connection and commitment to Worcester are lifelong. He was born in a three decker on Gate Street in the Maine South section and lived there until he married Sallie A. McDermott in 1952. He attended Worcester public schools, graduating from South High School in 1938. He proudly went on to Holy Cross college. During his senior year, on March 23, 1942, he entered the United States Marine Corps, beginning active service after graduation in June. He served his World War II duty in Hawaii, Tinian and Guam, completing his service in 1946. When he returned home, he entered Boston College Law School, graduating and passing the Massachusetts Bar in 1948. In early 1950, he joined the 10th Signal Company Marine Reserve Unit in Worcester.
When the Korean War broke out in 1950, his unit was activated, and he was sent to Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. As a First Lieutenant, he was made a platoon leader in a rifle company and, with his Marine Regiment, boarded a ship bound for Korea in August, 1950. He landed at Inchon, Korea on September 25th and was wounded on September 27th in Seoul. By the following month his unit had sailed around Korea to the East Coast and had begun the journey northward. That month, October 1950, he was wounded for a second time. On November 27th, 1950, still with the same platoon, he was wounded for a third time. Thanks to a helicopter transport, he was evacuate to Japan. All of 1951 was spent in the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was retired from the Marines as a First Lieutenant on March 1, 1952.
A proud veteran, Judge Mullaney is a charter member of the Korean War Veterans Council of Central Massachusetts, past Commander of the Worcester Marine Corps League, past President of the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County and a member of the Maine South Post American Legion 341 and South Works Post VFW.
A distinguished jurist, a decorated veteran and an outstanding citizen and public servant, the Honorable Paul V. Mullaney epitomizes a life of service to his country and his community.
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