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BLACKSTONE, MA- Harold E. Brodd, 84, of Blackstone, MA passed away April 16, 2008 in the VA Medical Center Providence, RI. Beloved Husband of Therese M. (Marcotte) Brodd. Born in Millville, MA Son of the late Eric and Hilda (Rien) Brodd.

Father of Claire Hood of Blackstone, MA and Grandfather of Kristen and Nissa Hood both of Blackstone, MA. Mr. Brodd is the last of his siblings.

Resident of Blackstone for over 40 years and formerly of Woonsocket and Millville where he was raised. He worked as a machinist for Crest Manufacturing for many years until retiring. He also worked at many machine shops in the Greater Woonsocket area as a Tool and Die maker. Mr. Brodd was a WWII US Army Veteran of Company I 508th Parachute Infantry and served in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy and Rhineland and received the American Service Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, EAME Service Medal and Belgium Fourragere and he was a Purple Heart Recipient. Member of the 82nd Airborne Division and Life Charter Member of the WWII C-47 Club and 508 Parachute Infantry Regimental Association and the 82nd Airborne Division Assn. Inc. Benavidez-Patterson Chapter. He was an avid reader and enjoyed following the Stock Market.

>Funeral will be held Monday 9am from CARTIER'S FUNERAL HOME 151 So. Main St. Bellingham, MA (Route 126) with a Mass of Christian Burial 10am in St. Theresa's Church Rathbun St. Blackstone, MA. Interment St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery Bellingham. Visiting Hours Sunday 1-4 pm relatives and friends are invited to attend.

[The Woonsocket  Call, Woonsocket , RI,, Friy, 18 April 2008]

[courtesy of Ralph Henderson]

Grave marker for Harold E. and There M. Brodd in Plot R, Saint Jean-Baptiste Cemetery, Bellingham (Norfolk county), Massachusetts.


Harold registered for the draft in Hartford, CT on 30 June 1942.  At that time was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Manchester, CT,  a Hartford suburb.

He was inducted into the Army at Providence, RI; on 30 November 1942.

On 18 November 1942, Pvt Brodd was transferred from Hq, Camp Toccoa, GA to Company G,,508th PIR.

Pfc Brodd was wounded in France on 7 July 1944 and evacuated for artillery shell, fragments in his thigh; He was treated with debridement without closure so the wound was not severe but the timing of his return to the unit is unclear.

However, he was back in the unit and wounded a second time in Holland on 1 October 1944 and again evacuated.

Still not returned from the hospital on 1 January 1945 he was transferred to the hospital's detachment of patients.  However, on 7 January 1945 he was transferred from the 3rd Replacement Depot to Company I, 508th PIR.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in the Normandy. assault.

He was discharged on 7 November 1945.and married Theresa Marcotte in Millville, MA on 27 September 1947. She predeceased him and today they lie side by side in the joint plot.

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