PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JAMES BODNER JR.; U.S. MARINE CORPS

June 28, 1915 (Norwalk, CT) – August 20, 2005 (Bridgeport, CT); 90 years oldMarried to Sophie Kovacs Bodner (1921-2000) on July 30, 1949 in Bridgeport, CTChildren (unknown)Local address: 35 Summit Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted on August 30, 1942; Discharged March 10, 1945Serial number unknownUnit: unknown Born to James (1870-?) and Bertha (1875-1951), both born in Hungary. OneContinue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JAMES BODNER JR.; U.S. MARINE CORPS”

PRIVATE FELIX STANLEY WEGRZYN; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS

November 20, 1921 (Connecticut) – December 14, 1941; 20 years oldUnmarriedLast local address 392 Arctic Street, Bridgeport (1940 census)Enlisted September 12, 1940Service number 11019658Unit: 31st Bombardment Squadron Born to Francis “Frank” (1906-1978) and Anna Wegrzyn (1909-1953). One sister, Geraldine Wegrzyn Grucce (1933-). Two brothers, Walter (1915-1984) and Michael (1918-2003). Received the Purple Heart Medal. OfficiallyContinue reading “PRIVATE FELIX STANLEY WEGRZYN; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS”

SEAMAN FIRST CLASS GEORGE POVESKO; U.S. NAVY

January 27, 1922 (Connecticut) – December 7, 1941; 19 years old; unmarriedMother listed at 117 Grant Street, BridgeportEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072963USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to George Povesko [also Paveizko, Pavesko, Pavuisko] (1878-1938) and Elizabeth Zippy Povesko (1885-1958), both born in Czechoslovakia. Four sisters, Anna Povesko Tomchik (1903-1999), Helen Povesko Yansick (1914-1989), MaryContinue reading “SEAMAN FIRST CLASS GEORGE POVESKO; U.S. NAVY”

WATERTENDER FIRST CLASS STEPHEN PEPE; U.S. NAVY

November 29, 1901 (Bridgeport, CT) – December 7, 1941; 40 years oldMarried to Lillian Mabel Pepe on January 6, 1932 in Portsmouth, VirginiaLast local address: 295 Hamilton Street, BridgeportService number 2063596USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Born to Frank (1862-1919) and Maria “Mary” Parisi Pepe (1869-1934), both born in Italy. Sisters Katherine “Carrie” Pepe Cisero (1895-1938), Pascalina “Lena”Continue reading “WATERTENDER FIRST CLASS STEPHEN PEPE; U.S. NAVY”