Carey, 1897 - 1918
James O. Carey was born March 1897 in Ashland, the youngest child
of John and Marey Carey. After finishing school he worked for the Webbing Co. in Ashland. When the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917 James
Carey decided to volunteer. He joined E Company, 6th Massachusetts Infantry
of Framingham. From there he was sent to Camp Bartlett in Westfield and then
to Connecticut to join the Mounted Scouts of the 102nd Infantry.
this area, he married Miss Ruby Hodge of Southville.
Shortly after the birth of their child, his family received word
from the War Dept. that James O'Neil Carey had been killed in action on April
20, 1918, less than a year after he enlisted. He was exactly 21 years and 1
month old when he died, the first Ashland boy to be killed in the "War
to end all Wars."
The Ashland Legion Post 77 has taken his name and since its organization
has been the James O. Carey Post.