CHIEF YEOMAN ANTHONY FRANK AQUINO, U.S. NAVY

May 5, 1908 (Norwalk, CT) – March 2, 1942; 33 years oldMarried to Edith Sherburne Aquino on April 15, 1929 in New London CTLast local address: 41 Plymouth Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted in 1923Service number: 2067759USS PILLSBURY (DD-227)MIA (at sea) Awarded the Purple Heart Medal. The first person from Norwalk Killed In Action during World War II.Continue reading “CHIEF YEOMAN ANTHONY FRANK AQUINO, U.S. NAVY”

AVIATION STRUCTURAL MECHANIC 2ND CLASS MARIO CHARLES CRUGNOLA JR., U.S. NAVY

January 22, 1945 (Norwalk, CT) – July 29, 1967; 22 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 8 France Street, NorwalkEnlisted on September 6, 1963; Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment)Tour Start Date: July 25, 1967 (killed 4 days later)Service number: 77228257TH FLEET, USS FORRESTAL (CV-59), CVW-17, SQUADRON VF-74 Casualty Location: Aboard the USS Forrestal Mario is on The Wall at Panel 24E, Line 18 InContinue reading “AVIATION STRUCTURAL MECHANIC 2ND CLASS MARIO CHARLES CRUGNOLA JR., U.S. NAVY”

ENSIGN GEORGE ALAN MARTIN; U.S. NAVY

December 13, 1928 (Norwalk, CT) – February 7, 1951; 22 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 477 New Canaan Ave, NorwalkService Number: 505344Korean War Project Key No: 36701USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45); Fighter Squadron 24 (FITRON 24) Casualty location: off South Korea; aircraft crash, remains not recovered Awarded the Purple Heart Medal From text of combat actionContinue reading “ENSIGN GEORGE ALAN MARTIN; U.S. NAVY”

AVIONICS ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN THIRD CLASS JOHN FRANCIS LYONS JR.; U.S. NAVY

September 30, 1928 (New York, NY) – February 26, 1952; 23 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 13 Harrison Avenue, New Canaan, CTAviation Electronics Technician Third ClassService Number: 7192151Korean War Project Key No: 35197AIR ANTISUBMARINE SQUADRON 25; USS BATAAN (CVL-29) He died of “other causes” on February 26, 1952, USS Bataan, Air Antisubmarine Squadron. From the CruiseContinue reading “AVIONICS ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN THIRD CLASS JOHN FRANCIS LYONS JR.; U.S. NAVY”

ENSIGN ULMONT IRVING “MONTY” WHITEHEAD JR.; U.S. NAVY

April 13, 1915 (Hartford, CT) – December 7, 1941; 26 years oldUnmarriedFather listed at 208 New Britain Avenue, HartfordEnlisted on April 27, 1933; Commissioned June 6, 1940USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The 1940 academy yearbook, The Lucky Bag, said this about Mr. Whitehead: YearsContinue reading “ENSIGN ULMONT IRVING “MONTY” WHITEHEAD JR.; U.S. NAVY”

SEAMAN FIRST CLASS WILLIAM EUGENE SEELY; U.S. NAVY

October 8, 1922 (New London, CT) – December 7, 1941; 19 years oldUnmarriedMother listed at Fairview Avenue, GrotonEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072956USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Last name is spelled Seely. The USS Arizona memorial is and the Honolulu Memorial have incorrectContinue reading “SEAMAN FIRST CLASS WILLIAM EUGENE SEELY; U.S. NAVY”

CHIEF RADIOMAN THOMAS JAMES REEVES; U.S. NAVY

December 9, 1895 (Thomaston, CT) – December 7, 1941; 45 years oldUnmarriedBrother listed at 31 Godwin Court, ThomastonEnlisted on July 20, 1917USS CALIFORNIA (BB-44); Chief Radioman Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve as Electrician Third Class on July 20, 1917. He served until discharged August 21, 1921, and on October 12,Continue reading “CHIEF RADIOMAN THOMAS JAMES REEVES; U.S. NAVY”

SEAMAN FIRST CLASS MIKE JOSEPH QUARTO; U.S. NAVY

May 3, 1919 (Norwich, CT) – December 7, 1941; 20 or 21 years oldUnmarriedFather listed at 72 Boswell Avenue, NorwichEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072955USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Like Stanley Orzech and George Povesko, Seaman Quarto enlisted on October 15, 1940 andContinue reading “SEAMAN FIRST CLASS MIKE JOSEPH QUARTO; U.S. NAVY”

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) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Attended Harding High School in Bridgeport. Like Stanley Orzech and Mike Quarto, he enlisted on OctoberContinue reading “SEAMAN FIRST CLASS GEORGE POVESKO; U.S. NAVY”

SHIPFITTER THIRD CLASS RICHARD PATTERSON JR.; U.S. NAVY

February 15, 1920 (Newburyport, Mass.) – December 7, 1941; 21 years oldUnmarriedFather listed at Lower Lane, BerlinEnlisted on October 14, 1940Service number 2072954USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. More than 75 years after his death, Richard Patterson Jr.’s alma mater, Berlin High School in Berlin,Continue reading “SHIPFITTER THIRD CLASS RICHARD PATTERSON JR.; U.S. NAVY”