USS Arizona and WWI

Yesterday I updated the pages for the 10 Connecticut residents who died on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Each of them has a place on the USS Arizona Memorial, and “The Punchbowl”, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. I had the images but didn’t see the needContinue reading “USS Arizona and WWI”

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

April 13, 1915 (Hartford, CT) – December 7, 1941; 26 years old; unmarriedFather 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:Continue reading “ENSIGN ULMONT IRVING “MONTY” WHITEHEAD JR.; U.S. NAVY”

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

November 20, 1921 (Connecticut) – December 14, 1941; 20 years old; unmarriedLast local address 392 Arctic Street, Bridgeport (1940 census)Enlisted September 12, 1940Service number 1101965831ST BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Officially listed as “Died of Wounds”, specifically wounds to the head from bomb fragments atContinue reading “PRIVATE FELIX STANLEY WEGRZYN; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS”

2ND LIEUTENANT GORDON HERBERT STERLING JR.; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS

June 30, 1919 (Ilion, New York) – December 7, 1941; 22 years oldEngaged to 2dLt Ada Margaret “Peggy” Olsson (1916-1999), U.S. Army nurse Last local address: 56 Argyle Avenue, West HartfordEnlisted on September 7, 1940Service number O-41185215TH PURSUIT GROUP, 46TH PURSUIT SQUADRON, WHEELER FIELD Received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart Medal. Gordon H.Continue reading “2ND LIEUTENANT GORDON HERBERT STERLING JR.; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS”

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GEORGE J. SMITH JR.; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS

December 5, 1919 (New York) – December 7, 1941; 22 years old; unmarriedFather lived at 52 Tilton Street, New HavenUnknown enlistment dateService number 615066417TH AIR BASE GROUP, 18TH AIR BASE SQUADRON, SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Information about Private Smith is scarce. Service numberContinue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GEORGE J. SMITH JR.; U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS”

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

October 8, 1922 (New London, CT) – December 7, 1941; 19 years old; unmarriedMother 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 haveContinue 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 old; unmarriedBrother 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 OctoberContinue 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 old; unmarriedFather 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, 1940Continue 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”

WATER TENDER FIRST CLASS STEPHEN PEPE; U.S. NAVY

November 29, 1898 (Bridgeport, CT) – December 7, 1941; 43 years old; married to Lillian Mabel Pepe on January 6, 1932 in Portsmouth, VirginiaService number 2063596USS OKLAHOMA (BB-37) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The 1920 census lists Stephen as “Fireman” at the Groton Navy Base. There isContinue reading “WATER TENDER FIRST CLASS STEPHEN PEPE; U.S. NAVY”