Natick on Feb. 24 at noon will dedicate the corner of Union Court and Main Street to Natick High School graduate Gordon S. Channell, who served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948 and was a member of the local police force for 43 years (read full resolution below and view a brief presentation during a recent Select Board meeting at about the 12:30 mark).
Channell, who died last Oct. 11, rose to the rank of Corporal in the Army, and became a member of the 11th Airborne Division, which served in the reconstruction of occupied Japan. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) Good Conduct Medal.
In addition to being a Natick police officer, familiar to many in town for patrolling the area near where Channell Square will be dedicated, he worked for the Natick Public Schools system upon being discharged from the military.
One interesting twist in this dedication, is that as Natick Police Department Union President, Channell led a successful class action suit against the town on behalf of Natick Patrolmen to ensure they received payment for all hours worked.