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World War II memorial in Massachusetts destroyed with oil, officials say

connectVideoVandals purpose WWII memorial in Boston

The South Boston community is outraged after an oily substance is left on the World War II monument.

Authorities in Massachusetts to investigate after an act of vandalism Monday at a World War II memorial left the site covered in an oily substance.

The Massachusetts State Police said in a news release that a caller reported around 11:30 p.m. the memorial service in South Boston had been vandalized.

Troopers discovered that a substance believed to be “a kind of oil” was splashed or poured on the granite monument, located at the beginning of the road that head out to the Castle Island.

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Rep. Stephen Lynch posted on Twitter that he was “deeply hurt and disgusted by the hateful attack” on the memorial.

“It is saddening that these men, who gave their lives, for their whole lives for freedom and democracy and the fight against the Nazi oppression that their memories would be defamed in this way,” Lynch told Boston 25 News.

The World War II memorial in South Boston, was discovered and destroyed on Monday.
(Boston 25 News)

More than 200 names are etched in the granite blocks, which are now oil seeped into them.

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Officials spent Monday trying to clean the oily substance from the monument.
(Boston 25 News)

Officials spent the day using soap, scrub and power-wash the memorial, but said additional work needs to be done.

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Anyone with information about who is responsible for the vandalism is urged to call the state police South Boston office on 617-740-7710.

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