Local Boy Scout chapter honors WWII hero

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America is honoring an Eagle Scout from Pawtucket — who later became a World War II hero.

The Boy Scouts named a scholarship in honor of Captain Elwood Euart at a ceremony Monday night at the State House, during the annual “Gathering of Eagles,” which honors all Scouts who have received the Eagle Award throughout the history of the Narragansett Council.

Euart died in 1942, after saving six crewmen from the sinking SS President Coolidge. His remains were finally returned home back in August.

Before the war, Euart was an Eagle Scout and a Camp Yawgoog camper from Troop 1 Pawtucket.

“Achievements and sacrifices like Capt. Euart’s set an example for all Eagle Scouts,” said retired Navy Capt. James Cunha, who made the presentation as president of the (Camp) Yawgoog Alumni Association.