Lieutenant Colonel, retired, Lawrence DiNardo (U.S. Army Reserve) was recently elected president of the historic military association, the First Corps of Cadets.
DiNardo was born in and grew up in Quincy. He has practiced law in the city for more than 30 years. The First Corps of Cadets is a prestigious military organization that was founded in 1741. The First Corps’ most famous elected commander was Quincy’s John Hancock, who led this unit during the Revolutionary War. The First Corps has fought in all of our country’s major conflicts and wars, to include the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and all of our Middle Eastern conflicts.
Currently, the 211th Military Police Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard is the active unit of the First Corps of Cadets. This unit is now focused on providing security to the Boston Marathon and the Fourth of July on the Esplanade.
The First Corps of Cadets has maintained a military museum on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, where it displays many portraits, busts, and artifacts associated with John Hancock. There is a picture of John Hancock’s home that was painted on an actual panel from John Hancock’s door. Quincy’s Lawrence DiNardo will serve as the President of the First Corps of Cadets from 2016 to 2018.
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