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”

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”

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”

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

February 15, 1920 (Newburyport, Mass.) – December 7, 1941; 21 years old; unmarriedFather 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 inContinue reading “SHIPFITTER THIRD CLASS RICHARD PATTERSON JR.; U.S. NAVY”

SEAMAN SECOND CLASS STANISLAUS “STANLEY” JOSEPH ORZECH; U.S. NAVY

? 1922 (Connecticut) – December 7, 1941; 19 or 20 years old; unmarriedFather listed at 256 Pratt Street, MeridenEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072961USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Unknown date of birth. The 1940 census completed on May 4, 1940, lists Stanley at 18 years old. He was most likely born in 1922. Stanley was theContinue reading “SEAMAN SECOND CLASS STANISLAUS “STANLEY” JOSEPH ORZECH; U.S. NAVY”

ENSIGN WILLIAM THOMAS O’NEILL JR.; U.S. NAVY

November 28, 1914 (Stamford, CT) – December 7, 1941; 27 years old; unmarriedMother listed at Stanley Road, Glenbrook (Stamford)Enlisted on July 17, 1940Service number O-095975USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. In the article below, Ensign O’Neill is said to have graduated from Northwestern University. TheContinue reading “ENSIGN WILLIAM THOMAS O’NEILL JR.; U.S. NAVY”

COXSWAIN HENRY ALEXANDER LANOUETTE; U.S. NAVY

June 28, 1919 (Wallingford, CT) – December 7, 1941; 22 years old; unmarriedFather listed at 135 Prince Street, WallingfordEnlisted on October 19, 1937Service number 2072110USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Some resources have incorrect information listing last name spelling as Lanquette. There was a HenryContinue reading “COXSWAIN HENRY ALEXANDER LANOUETTE; U.S. NAVY”

ENSIGN EDWARD WEBB GOSSELIN; U.S. NAVY

May 1, 1917 (Hamden, CT) – December 7, 1941; 24 years old; unmarriedHometown listed as Joliet, Illinois on December 7, 1941; born in CT, attended YaleEnlisted on September 30, 1940; Commissioned March 14, 1941Service number O-097031USS ARIZONA (BB-39) Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Ensign Edward Webb GosselinContinue reading “ENSIGN EDWARD WEBB GOSSELIN; U.S. NAVY”