CORPORAL DONALD JOHN BREESE; U.S. MARINE CORPS

July 19, 1925 (Stamford, CT) – March 13, 2004 (Mexico); 78 years oldLast local address: 43 Silvermine Avenue, Norwalk, ConnecticutEnlisted on August 22, 1943Discharged on January 15, 1946At some point, he reenlisted and served during the Korean War. Born to Harold S. (1897-1974) and Mary Connors Breese (1897-1977). One brother, Harold S. (1921-1984). From TheContinue reading “CORPORAL DONALD JOHN BREESE; U.S. MARINE CORPS”

MASTER SERGEANT ADOLPH CARL WESTERLING; U.S. ARMY

November 22, 1922 (New Canaan, CT) – February 8, 1993 (New Brockton, AL); 70 years oldMarried to Dora J. Niedbalski (1924-1993)Sons, Roger (1947-), Brian (?-).Local address: 216 East Avenue and 24 Harbor Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted July 8, 1942  — Discharged?Enlisted February 28, 1958  — Discharged July 25, 1960Enlisted November 1, 1962  — Discharged November 30, 1964ServiceContinue reading “MASTER SERGEANT ADOLPH CARL WESTERLING; U.S. ARMY”

CORPORAL STEPHEN MARUCA KARDOS; U.S. ARMY

January 23, 1922 (Norwalk, CT) – February 14, 1990 (West Haven, CT); 68 years old UnmarriedLocal address: 4 Talmadge Place, NorwalkEnlisted August 5, 1942; discharged October 30, 1945Enlisted July 23, 1946; discharged July 30, 1953Serial number: 31167283Infantry Born to Stephen Sr. (1868-1953) and Susan Banyai Kardos (1878-1935). Both parents and sisters Mary and Elizabeth wereContinue reading “CORPORAL STEPHEN MARUCA KARDOS; U.S. ARMY”

CONNECTICUT AND THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

I woke up one day and had this nagging sense that this website wasn’t complete without telling the story of lesser wars / operations. The three that stuck out that I felt would have had a direct impact to Connecticut and specifically Norwalk, were the French-Indian War (1754-1763), the War of 1812 (1812-1815), and theContinue reading “CONNECTICUT AND THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR”

SERGEANT WILLIAM C. BOUTON

With thanks to George Howard (pappageorge2003@yahoo.com) who pointed me in the right direction through Sons of the American Revolution records. January 16, 1749 (Norwalk, CT) – May 31, 1828 (Norwalk, CT); 79 years oldMarried to Sarah Benedict Bouton (1752-1844). Sons Isaac (1769-1770), Isaac II (1771-1854), Benjamin R. (1772-1828), William (1774-1845), Seth (1785-1818), Joseph (1887-1874), JohnContinue reading “SERGEANT WILLIAM C. BOUTON”

CAPTAIN MOSES ST. JOHN SR.

Contributed by George Howard (pappageorge2003@yahoo.com) Month #, 1705 (Norwalk, CT) – March 29, 1785 (Norwalk, CT); 79 or 80 years oldMarried to Mercy Olmstead St. John (1711-1748). Remarried to Mary Couch in 1749. Daughters Susannah St. John Raymond (1735-1774), Lydia St. John Seymour (1737-1829), and Mercy St. John Gregory (?-1839). Sons Stephen (1733-1801), Moses (1739-1822),Continue reading “CAPTAIN MOSES ST. JOHN SR.”

PFC John Magrath’s memory kept alive at Fort Drum, NY

A November 9, 2021 article by the Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs office highlighted how the sports complex there, is still named for Norwalk’s own PFC John D. Magrath. PFC Magrath was the only member of the 10th Mountain Division to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. I called the officeContinue reading “PFC John Magrath’s memory kept alive at Fort Drum, NY”

PRIVATE C. HENRY TAYLOR

Unknown DOB – April 29, 1862; unknown age Enlisted on September 17, 1861 Mustered in September 23, 1861 Unit: 8th Infantry, Connecticut Volunteers, Company H Died of smallpox on April 29, 1862 at the General Hospital in New Bern, North Carolina Buried in Pine Island Cemetery, Crescent Street, Norwalk, CT. Photo from findagrave.com. END

SERGEANT EDWIN R. SMITH

Unknown DOB – October 21, 1863; unknown age Enlisted on April 24, 1861 Mustered in May 14, 1861 (3 months) Unit #1: 3rd Infantry, Connecticut Volunteers, Company G Mustered in again on August 28, 1862 Unit #2: 17th Infantry, Connecticut Volunteers, Company A Died from “dropsy of the pericardium”, a heart condition, on October 21,Continue reading “SERGEANT EDWIN R. SMITH”