(1901?) – October 26, 1952 (Norwalk, CT); 51 years old
Local address: Richards Avenue
Enlisted on November 6, 1917
Discharged on January 25, 1919
Serial number 623748
Units: 56th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B; 35th Coast Artillery Corps, and 119th Field Artillery, Battery C.

Born to Josef (1885-1941) and Julia Lazar Kish (1879-). Four sisters, Elizabeth Kish Nagy (1896-1975), Mary J. Kish Ritzo (1908-1985), Anna Kish Siladi (1912-1991), and Margaret C. (1915-2009). Two brothers, John (1910-1999) and Andrew (1903-1971).

Served in Europe from February 24, 1918, to December 30, 1918.

From The Norwalk Hour October 27, 1952


Joseph Kish, 51, of Richards Avenue, son of Mrs. Julia Lazar Kish and the late Joseph Kish, died suddenly Sunday morning. He was found at 4:00 o’clock lying in a panel delivery truck he had been operating. It was parked on the grounds of the State Highway Department on Westport Avenue. He was found by Motor Patrolman Alfred McCabe. McCabe noticed that Kish was unconscious and radioed headquarters for the ambulance of Norwalk Hospital. When the ambulance reached the hospital, Kish was pronounced dead on arrival. The cause of death, according to the police report, was a heart attack. Kish was single and made his home with his brother Andrew Kish of Richards Avenue. Mr. Kish, a well-known businessman in Norwalk, conducted a cleaning and dyeing business on West Cedar Street for over eight years. He served in the U.S. Army in both World War I and II. He left Norwalk with the Old 6th Company and later served the Mountain Coast Artillery Corps here and in France. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. Mr. Kish also fought in the Battle of Alsace Lorraine, Chateau Thierry, Verdun, and the Argonne Forest, plus several skirmishes. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty to serve with the Medical Corps in South American countries and the Island of Trinidad. In recent years he has been an active member of many civic fundraising committees. Mr. Kish was the President of the Senior Basketball League, Chairman of the Athletic Division of the USO, Business Manager of the O’Brien Emeralds basketball team, served as Manager of the Colonial A.C. baseball team, and was Director of the “Y” Annual Basketball tournament for the 1952 season. Mr. Kish was a charter member of Mulvoy – Tarlov – Aquino Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of Jeremiah O’Brien Chapter, Disabled American Veterans, and the Frank C. Godfrey Post, American Legion. Besides his mother, Mr. Kish is survived by two brothers, Andrew and John Kish of Norwalk; and four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Nagy of Fairfield, Mrs. Mary Ritzo of Norwalk, Mrs. Anna Siladi of Stamford, and Miss Margaret Kish of Norwalk. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk with services conducted by Reverend Phillips Brooke Warner, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery. The funeral home will be open this evening from 7 to 10 and Tuesday afternoon and evening from 3 to 5 and 7 to 10. The American Legion will conduct memorial services at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 7:30.

Buried in Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut; Section 11. Photo from


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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