Southborough resident works to ensure African American military regiments are not forgotten

By Jane Keller Gordon, Assistant Editor

Southborough resident Pete DePina
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Southborough – As a young man in 1948, Pete DePina volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army. The Southborough resident, reflecting back on his years in the service, noted his surprise that discrimination was prevalent in the military.

“Growing up [in Falmouth, Mass.], my schools weren’t segregated but the Army was and I hated it,” he said.

After DePina’s military service, which included basic training in Fort Riley, Kan., and tours in both Germany and Korea, he returned home to Massachusetts to put down roots. He worked first in construction, and then for the General Motors Car Carrying Division in Framingham. He and his late wife, Elizabeth, moved to Southborough where they lived for 50 years, raising…

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