STAFF SERGEANT LOUIS WILLIAM VINGO; U.S. ARMY

May 12, 1917 (Norwalk, CT) – December 28, 1944; 27 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 78 Taylor Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted February 12, 1941Service number: 310105934TH ARMORED DIVISION, 35TH TANK BATTALION Awarded the Purple Heart Medal Norwalk High School Class of ‘35 From The Norwalk Hour January 18, 1945 Sergeant Louis W. Vingo, 26, son of Mrs.Continue reading “STAFF SERGEANT LOUIS WILLIAM VINGO; U.S. ARMY”

STAFF SERGEANT HAROLD CHARLES VAN NESS (VANESSE); U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 22, 1918 (Rockville, CT) – January 11, 1943; 24 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 104 South Main Street, South Norwalk  Service number: 11033044376TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 514TH BOMBER SQUADRON Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart Medal From armyaircorps-376bg.com: Ole Rock, serial number 41-11618, was one of the 23 HALPRO B-24s.  HerContinue reading “STAFF SERGEANT HAROLD CHARLES VAN NESS (VANESSE); U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

STAFF SERGEANT PETER JOSEPH VENEZIA; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 12, 1920 (Westport, CT) – February 14, 1944; 23 years old; married to Evelyn Arnold Venezia on September 23, 1943Last local address: 299 Westport Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted October 3, 1942Service number: 31193038450TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 723RD BOMBER SQUADRON Oldest of six children. Awarded the Air Medal (3 times) Initially listed as Missing In Action, declaredContinue reading “STAFF SERGEANT PETER JOSEPH VENEZIA; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

SEAMAN FIRST CLASS GEORGE PHILIP VAN ALSTYNE; U.S. COAST GUARD

August 10, 1917 (New Haven, CT) – September 9, 1942; 25 years old; or marital statusLast local address: 1 Stevens Street, NorwalkService number: 505095USS MUSKEGET (WAG-48)Missing In Action (MIA) at sea Awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Norwalk High School Class of ‘36 Son of Mrs. Rachael F. Van Alstyne, 114 W. 16th St., New York,Continue reading “SEAMAN FIRST CLASS GEORGE PHILIP VAN ALSTYNE; U.S. COAST GUARD”

STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT PAUL VALENTIK; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 25, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – February 4, 1944; 22 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 25 Seaview Avenue, East NorwalkEnlisted on July 3, 1942Service number: 31142791100TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 418TH BOMBER SQUADRONMissing In Action (MIA) Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal Norwalk High School Class of ‘39 From 100thbg.com:  Aircraft B-17G, #42-37975, dateContinue reading “STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT PAUL VALENTIK; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

QUARTERMASTER THIRD CLASS WALTON BENNETT VAIL; U.S. COAST GUARD

May 16, 1919 (Norwalk, CT) – September 9, 1942; 23 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 29 Adams Avenue, Norwalk; mother at 75 Gregory Boulevard, East NorwalkService number: 239188USS MUSKEGET (WAG-48)Missing In Action (MIA) Awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Seaman First Class George Philip Van Alstyne of Norwalk also died in this incident. Mission: North AtlanticContinue reading “QUARTERMASTER THIRD CLASS WALTON BENNETT VAIL; U.S. COAST GUARD”

STAFF SERGEANT MARTIN FRANCIS TROY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

April 12, 1912 (Norwalk, CT) – June 30, 1944; 22 years old; married to the former Gracie Merrill Sugden July 31, 1936 in Pound Ridge, NYLast local address: 32 Harbor Ave, NorwalkEnlisted on February 2, 1943460TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 760TH BOMBER SQUADRON Awarded the Air Medal (3 times) and the Purple Heart Medal. From TheContinue reading “STAFF SERGEANT MARTIN FRANCIS TROY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSEPH EDWARD TIERNEY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 11, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – June 6, 1945; 20 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 21 ½ Tierney Street, NorwalkService number: O-206585590TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 400TH BOMBER SQUADRONMissing In Action (MIA) Norwalk High School Class of ‘42 Awarded the Air Medal (three times). Twin brother John Tierney (1924-2006) also served with Combat Engineers in EuropeContinue reading “FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSEPH EDWARD TIERNEY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

SERGEANT EDWARD “SONNY” TAYLOR; U.S. ARMY

Unknown DOB – December 23, 1944; 23 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 6 Hamilton Avenue, South NorwalkEnlisted in August 193928TH INFANTRY DIVISION Little else can be found except for this newspaper article. From The Norwalk Hour January 22, 1945 Word has been received by Mrs. Olive Lewis of 12 Reynolds Street of the death ofContinue reading “SERGEANT EDWARD “SONNY” TAYLOR; U.S. ARMY”

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ALFRED GUERNSEY SYMONDS JR.; U.S. NAVY

August 7, 1918 (New York, NY) – July 24, 1945; 26 years old; married to Mary Derry Symonds on December 4, 1942 in Multnomah County, Oregon; 1 son Alfred IIILast local address: 31 Fairfield Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted on: unknown dateService number: O-096119USS SHANGRI-LA (CV-38) Awarded the Silver Star, Air Medal with Gold Star, and the PurpleContinue reading “LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ALFRED GUERNSEY SYMONDS JR.; U.S. NAVY”