East Point Vet Honored with Street Topper

Jack Robert Boatright, East Point’s first World War II casualty, will be remembered every time someone sees a street sign on the lane where he used to live.

Last week city officials erected a sign topper on 8th Street at Washington Avenue, a few yards from No. 2972, where he grew up.

At-Large City Councilwoman Nanette Saucier read Amore’s poem “Anchors Aweigh,” based on an account by East Point Historical Society secretary Charles W. Strickland.

It narrated how Boatright, born in 1917, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1937 and died at the age of 25 when his ship, the USS Juneau, sank during the 1942 Battle  of Guadalcanal.                                                 

“‘A heart of bravery was that of Jack, who served our nation with pride and dignity in every way,”’ Saucier read. 

Saucier said the cooperation of several departments and family members enabled the city to honor Boatright. 

“This has been a long coming and I’m so happy to see this day,” she said. “East Point visitors and residents will always be able to remember Jack Boatright because now we have a sign in his honor.” 

Photo by Staff / Noreen Cochran. From left, East Point City Councilwoman Nanette Saucier, family member Alex Boatright and City Councilman Alexander Gothard celebrate a new street topper at 8th Street and Washington Avenue honoring Navy veteran Jack Boatright.

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