Meet the Chief Marshal for the 225th 4th of July Celebration

S. Dudley Hallagan

 

For the past two and a half years there was not a day that went by that I didn't think about whom would be my choice for Chief Marshal of the 225th celebration.

I had three requirements for this person. One, I wanted someone with a military background, two, someone who loves the Fourth of July as much as I do and third, someone who loves Bristol as much as I do.

Photo: General Chairman Judy Squires and Chief Marshal S. Dudley Hallagan at the April annoucement at the Burnside Building.

A favorite quote of mine by the poet, Dr. Maya Angelou definitely describes my Chief Marshal and is also one of the reasons I chose this person. She says, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Patriotism was ingrained early on by his parents. His father was a Navy flier in WWI ferrying planes between France and England while stationed in France. Another example of patriotism being instilled was his mother's insistence that her family stand for the national anthem (in the living room prior to the Friday night fights on TV).

This year's Chief Marshal was born on June 30th, 1939 in Rochester, NY and resided in the small town of Newark in western New York State until his marriage in 1964. He attended Newark schools through the 10th grade participating on the varsity tennis team and then on to sophomore year at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA graduating in 1958. While at Deerfield he was Business Manager for the Yearbook and was on the varsity cross-country and track teams. Following his father to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH he graduated in 1962 with a degree in History and membership in SAE fraternity and the Sphinx Senior Honorary Society. His interest in running continued in college as a member of the freshman and varsity cross-country and track teams (running 5 miles in cross-country and the quarter mile in track. He held the Dartmouth College freshman quarter mile record (as he says for only one year) and he and three teammates set the college mile relay record several times.

His father always told him that if the military was a consideration make the navy your choice. "You get three square meals a day and a dry bunk". Again, following his father into the military he joined the US Navy prior to college graduation, attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was commissioned an Ensign in the spring of 1963. Having requested the duty, he was ordered aboard an ice breaker, the USS Glacier-the largest and most powerful icebreaker in the free world and made 2 cruises to McMurdo Sound, Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze in 1963-64 and l964-65. Then back to Officer Candidate School in Newport as an instructor and finally back to civilian life in July, 1967 having attained the rank of Lieutenant. He could have easily continued in the Navy, but looming separations from family drove the decision to leave. He said that he always thought that every American should serve their country in some capacity and he is proud he did.

Employment with IBM started in September, 1967 as a Systems Engineer in Providence (actually he says he was hired as a salesman, but IBM and he soon recognized the error in their ways). He retired from IBM in 2000 after 32 1/2 rewarding years.

Married in 1964 to the light of his life, Gaylord, they had 4 sons; Stuart III, Palmer, Traxson, and Bowman; 5 grandchildren; Stuart Dudley IV, Spencer, Abigail, & Emma and one Golden Retriever.

My Chief Marshal became a member of the Fourth of July Committee, thanks to my Dad, John Partington. They were introduced to each other by the late Lydia Miserandino whose husband was a past general chairman and a friend of my parents. My dad thought the Fourth of July Committee would be a good organization for him to join. Little did he know that his suggestion was going to be the best thing that happened to the Fourth of July Committee and the town of Bristol.

I think of the writer Faith Popcorn's quote when I think of our Chief Marshal; "This is a dream as old as America itself; give me a piece of land to call my own, a little town where everyone knows my name."

He and his wife have found that piece of land here in Bristol and certainly everyone who meets him not only knows his name but can't help but love him.

He is no stranger to most of you-I would like now to introduce the Chief Marshal for the 225th Bristol 4th of July Celebration, Dudley Hallagan.


Chief of Staff

Gayl Hallagan

Chief Aides

Stuart D. Hallagan III
Pamela G. Hallagan
Palmer D. Hallagan
Ann-Marie Hallagan
Traxson Hallagan
Bowman Hallagan
Jim Hallagan
Jon Eber
Frank R. Mori
Ken MacNaught
John R. Partington, Jr.
Don Squires

Junior Chief Aides

Stuart D. Hallagan IV
Spencer A. Hallagan
Abigail G. Hallagan
Emma Hallagan

Military Aides

Mr. Anthony Avila, Jr.
U.S. Army

Mr. Chichi Cirillo
U.S. Navy

Mr. Ralph E. Cirillo
U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Edward O. Cyr
U.S. Army (Ret)

Mr. Jerome Donovan
U.S. Army (posthumous)

Mr. Manny Januario, Jr.
U.S. Marine Corps

Lt. Col. John R. Partington
RIARNG (Ret)

Mr. Raymond Raiche
U.S. Navy

HMC John C. Riley
U.S. Navy (Ret)

Mr. Al Salvaggio
U.S. Army

YN1 James G. St. Angelo
U.S. Navy (Ret)

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