Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 8, 2012

Honoring a veteran

Kiwanis Club members and Andover High students clean bridge for Veterans Day

Kiwanis Club members and Andover High students who have joined the new Key Club at the school helped get the Captain George L. Street Bridge ready for Veterans Day.

On Saturday, Nov. 3 they brought brooms and enthusiasm to the Greenwood Road bridge overlooking Route 495 to give it its annual cleaning.

Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence organizes this kind of event to coincide with Veterans Day. This was the fifth year it cleaned up the George L. Street Bridge.

Street, who served in the Navy for 29 years, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, while commanding the submarine USS Tirante during World War II. He was the recipient of the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation recognizing the entire crew of the Tirante.

His Pacific exploits inspired the 1958 movie, “Run Silent, Run Deep,” which starred Clark Gable. The movie was based on a novel by Edmund “Ned” Beach, Street’s executive officer on the Tirante.

Street lived in Andover for 30 years, until his death in 2000 at the age of 86.

Helping with the clean-up Saturday were members of newly formed Andover High School Key Club Alex O’Rourke, Emily Wilson, Amy Bordogna, Rachel Major and Keara McCartney.

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