COXSWAIN BENJAMIN BOSTWICK KIRTLAND JR.; U.S. NAVY

February 11, 1922 (New York, NY) – March 4, 1997 (Norwalk, CT)
Children are Jane Mitchell, Ellen Laughton, Emily Scanlon, Anne Frusciante, and Benjamin B. Kirtland, III
Local address: 20 Raymond Terrace, Norwalk
Enlisted on September 11, 1942
Service number 6425145
Discharged September 5, 1945
Ship assigned to: LST-472

Wounded on December 15, 1944 in the Solomon Islands Campaign, specifically the Mindoro Islands in the Philippines. His ship was hit by a kamikaze aircraft which ignited fuel and ammunition inside. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal.


Norwalk High School Class of ’40 yearbook

Photo provided by daughter and son-in-law Jim Mitchell and Jane Mitchell.

Benjamin Kirtland Jr. was a graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of 1940. He attended both the Wilbraham Academy and Middlebury College in Vermont. After the war, he worked for many years for Saabye and Harford Buick in Norwalk as a sales manager and years later had worked as a salesman for Devine Brothers before his retirement. He was an avid tennis player.


Interred in Riverside Cemetery, Section 15A, Plot 56, Grave 1. Photo by webmaster.


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Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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