Michael Rush

 

Mike Rush grew up in West Roxbury with a strong military tradition; relatives on both sides of the family served in the military, especially the Navy. Rush would join the Navy in 1994 while a student at Providence College. He started with a Naval construction battalion (SeaBees), and would eventually move into military intelligence. At the time of the interview, Rush was a state Senator and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

 

 

Mike Rush speaking at Memorial Day ceremonies in Dover, Mass.

 

Mike Rush in Iraq

 

Mike Rush, left, in his Navy whites

Charles Bevilacqua


 

The first time Woburn native Charlie Bevilacqua took a train, it was to go to the U.S. Navy training center at Great Lakes, Ill., in 1948. He would serve in the SeaBees (construction battalion) for 30 years, serving in Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States. He was part of the construction crew that built the research bases at McMurdo Sound and at the South Pole in Antarctica in 1957. He also saw action at Inchon in Korea as well as in Vietnam.

Paul F. Foley

U.S. Navy 1979–2009

 

Paul Foley joined the military in 1979 because he thought the U.S. was about to wage war against Iran. He joined the Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) and served in a variety of positions around the world, from the Aleutians Islands to Antarctica. He also served two tours in Iraq. Foley retired in 2009 with the rank of Master Chief.

 

Paul Foley, 2014

 

 

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