PEARL HARBOR

Since I started this website, I have always tracked the traffic to it, and beyond. Who clicked on what, who found the site through a search engine such as Google, what country were they in? WordPress provides that through their analytics. It’s always been a really fascinating piece of being able to bring this informationContinue reading “PEARL HARBOR”

USS Arizona and WWII

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 WWII”

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, 1933Commissioned June 6, 1940USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Ulmont Sr. (1890-1959) and Helen Robertson Whitehead (1891-1980). One sister, Beverly Whitehead Adams (1917-1977). Received the Purple Heart Medal. The 1940 Academy yearbook, The LuckyContinue 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 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 (1936-). 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”

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

June 30, 1919 (Ilion, New York) – December 7, 1941; 22 years oldEngaged to 2nd Lt Ada Margaret “Peggy” Olsson (1916-1999), U.S. Army nurse Last local address: 56 Argyle Avenue, West HartfordEnlisted on September 7, 1940Service number O-411852Unit: 15th Pursuit Group, 46th Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field Name is “James Gordon Sterling” in some newspaper articles,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 oldUnmarriedFather lived at 52 Tilton Street, New HavenUnknown enlistment dateService number 6150664Unit: 17th Air Base Group, 18th Air Base Squadron, Schofield Barracks, HI Born to George M. Smith (1899-?) and Helen Elizabeth Sandusky Smith (1900-). PFC Smith was their only child. Received the PurpleContinue 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 oldUnmarriedMother listed at Fairview Avenue, GrotonEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072956USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Paul Seely (1895-1936) and Francis Bailey Seely (1894-1977). Sister Jeannette Seely Goslin (1925-2014) and one brother Paul (1929-1996). William’s father, Paul, drowned on a fishing trip onContinue 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 Born to William Reeves (1850-1938) and Mary O’Riley Reeves (1858-1939), both born in Ireland. Sister, Rosetta Reeves (1882-1905). Four brothers, Joseph (1885-1972), Leo (1889-1967), William (1892-), and Frederick (1898-1970).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; 22 years oldUnmarriedFather listed at 72 Boswell Avenue, NorwichEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072955USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Giuseppe “Joseph” (1884-1952) and Rosie Greicha Quarto (1894-1971). One brother, James (1924-1993). Two sisters Louisa (1917-2014) and Angelone (1920-1969). Received the Purple Heart Medal. Like Stanley OrzechContinue 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) 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”