SERGEANT VINCENT JOSEPH HORAN; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS

April 2, 1921 (Stamford, CT) – December 7, 1941; 20 years oldUnmarriedListed at 93 Glenbrook Road, Stamford (1940 census)Enlisted on July 27, 1939Service number 6148539Unit: 78th Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field Born to Timothy (1893-1948) and Elizabeth T. Bender Horan (1895-1985). Father, Timothy, was a World War One veteran. Three brothers Francis (1928-1981), Richard (1931-2005), andContinue reading “SERGEANT VINCENT JOSEPH HORAN; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS”

ENSIGN EDWARD WEBB GOSSELIN; U.S. NAVY

May 1, 1917 (Hamden, CT) – December 7, 1941; 24 years oldUnmarriedHometown listed as Joliet, Illinois on December 7, 1941, however, he was born in Connecticut and attended Yale University in New Haven, ConnecticutEnlisted on September 30, 1940; Commissioned March 14, 1941Service number O-097031USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Edward Gosselin (1893-1978) and Florilla Webb GosselinContinue reading “ENSIGN EDWARD WEBB GOSSELIN; U.S. NAVY”

STOREKEEPER THIRD CLASS HARRY LUDWIG “BUD” CARLSON; U.S. NAVY

May 23, 1921 (Norwich, CT) – December 7, 1941; 20 years oldUnmarriedFather listed at 16 St. Regis Avenue, NorwichEnlisted on October 16, 1939Service number 2072034USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Cornelius (1894-1983) and Agnes Myesky Carlson (1902-1980). One brother, Raymond (1918-2011), and one sister, Joyce O. Carlson Johannessen (1931-2015). Received the Purple Heart Medal. Contributed byContinue reading “STOREKEEPER THIRD CLASS HARRY LUDWIG “BUD” CARLSON; U.S. NAVY”

LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE ERIC ALLEN JR.; U.S. NAVY

July 22, 1916 (Massachusetts) – December 8, 1941; 26 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: Noroton Heights, DarienGraduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1938USS Enterprise (CV-6), Fighter Squadron Six Born to Eric Allen [also in the Navy] (1880-1951) and Sarah Rogers Allen (1883-1940). Two brothers James (1918-2002) and Benjamin D. (1926-1989). Two sisters SarahContinue reading “LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE ERIC ALLEN JR.; U.S. NAVY”

Why?

Some have asked me, “why spend all that time researching deceased veterans?” To me, the question answers itself. These are the stories of the life and service of those with ties to Norwalk who made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of service to the country during wartime service. It’s critical we know more aboutContinue reading “Why?”