Acton in the Armed Services
Numerous individuals from Acton served in the armed forces and in other capacities in World War 1. One of them was Lowell Cram, whose pictures and mementos are part of this exhibit.
Lowell Cram, (1891-1989), moved to South Acton at age 4. He graduated from Concord High School in 1910 and studied bookkeeping at Bryant and Stratton Business School in Boston. After working for Moore and Burgess Webbing Company, he served in Massachusetts’ 55th Artillery in France. The unit sailed in March, 1918 on the Mauretania. They participated in operations at Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, and then Meuse-Argonne until the armistice. They waited to embark for home at the appallingly under-equipped embarkation camp at Brest, where the 55th lost more lives than it did during their hardest three weeks of fighting. They were the first unit singled out to be honored in 1919 by the War Department for distinguishing themselves overseas. Lowell Cram was individually commended in regimental orders in Sept. 1918. He returned home, married Lois Moore, and eventually became president of Moore & Cram Webbing Company. He was an active participant in both the American Legion and Acton town affairs.
Scenes and Items from "Over There"