The tale of two footstones

Norwalk, Connecticut has the distinction of being the hometown of two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. The first was PFC John D. Magrath, 10th Mountain Division, in World War II. The second was PFC Daniel J. Shea, Americal Division, 196th Infantry Brigade, in Vietnam. This is the story of PFC Shea’s footstone. PFC Shea isContinue reading “The tale of two footstones”

Books and e-books have arrived!

On January 26, 2023, the heroes from this website from WWI, Women of WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the CT heroes from the Pearl Harbor attack are available in paperback and Kindle formats. Self-published through the Amazon platform, making the information available on another medium, will meet the demand of people who want the printContinue reading “Books and e-books have arrived!”


For those that follow this website, you know that once in a while I freelance and create bios for people who I have a personal connection to, or the story is too compelling and important to pass on. The theme of the work on this website is to honor veterans who died during wartime. ThisContinue reading “HOSPITALMAN 3RD CLASS JAMES STEVEN CAZARES, U.S. NAVY”


Once in a while I freelance and create bios for people I know who have a connection to a veteran who died during wartime service but isn’t from Norwalk, Connecticut, which is the theme of the work on this website. To me, any Medal of Honor recipient is deserving of my time and effort. ThisContinue reading “CORPORAL DAVID BERNARD CHAMPAGNE; U.S. MARINE CORPS”


July 23, 1925 (Pemberwich, NY) – July 2, 2004 (Norwalk, CT); 78 years oldMarried in 1950 to Mabel Travis (1930-2002) of Port Chester, New York.Two children, Richard and Jane Stempien.Local address: High View Road, Glenville, CTInducted on October 4, 1943 and entered active duty October 25, 1943Separated January 18, 1946 at Fort Devens, MassachusettsSerial numberContinue reading “TEC 5 ANTHONY CLEMENS STEMPIEN JR., U.S. ARMY”


From The Norwalk Hour November 24, 1945 Red Cross War Prisoner Head Reports Her Task Completed Mrs. Douglas E. Nash Offers Resignation; Says 45 NorwalkersHeld By Nazis Now Home; Tells About Conditions In Pacific Of the 45 men in the armed services from Norwalk who were prisoners of war in Germany, all have returned homeContinue reading “NORWALK’S 45 RESIDENTS RELEASED FROM NAZI POW CAMPS”

A celebrity connection

It’s been more than 6 months since I completed the list of 180+ World War II heroes for this site. I decided it was time to go back through and fix minor formatting mistakes, missing information, and most of all, check NewsBank for any additional information. Recently, 12 more years of my hometown newspaper wereContinue reading “A celebrity connection”

Norwalk in the Civil War

Today I posted bios for the 73 Norwalk residents known to have died during the Civil War. Of those 73, 18 died as a result of wounds received, 22 were killed in action, 11 died of an unknown cause, 21 died of disease, and 1 died in a drowning accident. There were many more whoContinue reading “Norwalk in the Civil War”

War of the Revolution

After a pause of a month or so in this project, I finally found the time to dig into the list of the veterans of the Revolutionary War who are buried in Norwalk, Connecticut. Of the 59 names on that list, several had extensive battle experience in George Washington’s Army. Others served for a monthContinue reading “War of the Revolution”