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In Memory of
Jim Fitzgerald

Chapter 54 member Jim Fitzgerald (MSG Ret.), D4160, passed away Tuesday, 22 August 2017 at the age of 79. He was home recovering from some health issues when he passed. The funeral was held on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the Carr Funeral Home in Charlestown, Massachusetts with a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts. His burial was held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts. MSG Fitzgerald is survived by his wife Frances, daughters Kathleen, Michelle, and Linda and brother John (CW3 Ret.), a Chapter 54 member.

MSG Jim Fitzgerald U.S. Army Special Forces
Jim Fitzgerald providing foreign weapons instruction

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He attended advanced infantry training and Airborne School and subsequently served with the 101st Airborne Division. He was discharged from the active Army in 1963. After his active duty service he joined A Company, 11th Special Forces Group (Reserves) in Boston, Massachusetts. Jim continued his service with Company A, 1st Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group when it was established at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

During his time with Special Forces he served as a Light Weapons Sergeant, Heavy Weapons Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant. His awards and decorations include the EIB, MSM with OLC, ACM, MM, AGCM, USARAM, NDSM, AFRM, CWVM, Master Parachutist Badge, and Jungle Expert Badge. In addition, he was awarded the Canadian, British, German, and French Parachute Wings. He retired from the service in 1988 with 32 years of service.

Jim Fitzgerald - Boston Fire Department

Jim was also a long-time member of the Boston Fire Department. His time with the Fire Department started in 1972. At various times during his fire department career he served as the Past President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Historian for the Boston Firefighters Union Local #718. He was a member of the Boston Fire Department SCUBA Team as well. He retired from the Boston Fire Department in January 2002 following 30 years of service to the City of Boston.




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