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”

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”

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”

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) Born to Richard Patterson (1896-1972) and Pauline Patterson (1894-1977). Sisters Sarah Patterson Hadley (1922-1985) and Anne Patterson Baein (1932-?). Received the Purple Heart Medal. More than 75 years after hisContinue reading “SHIPFITTER THIRD CLASS RICHARD PATTERSON JR.; U.S. NAVY”

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

May 5, 1921 (Meriden, CT) – December 7, 1941; 20 years oldUnmarriedFather listed at 256 Pratt Street, MeridenEnlisted on October 15, 1940Service number 2072961USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Louis (1897-1972) and Frances Muszek Orzech (1893-1943), both born in Poland. Brothers, Benjamin (1918-1998) and Joseph (1933-2014). Sisters Anna (1910-2006), Mary (1915-1969), Theresa (1927-2008), Frances (1920-1994), VeronicaContinue 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 oldUnmarriedMother listed at Stanley Road, Glenbrook (Stamford)Enlisted on July 17, 1940Service number O-095975USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to William O’Neill (1889-1957) and Lillian Ross O’Neill (1892-1935). William was their only child. Received the Purple Heart Medal. In the article below, Ensign O’Neill is said toContinue 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 oldUnmarriedFather listed at 135 Prince Street, WallingfordEnlisted on October 18, 1937Service number 2072110USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Henry Alexander (1885-1939) and Edda Anthony Lanouette (1886-1947). Three sisters, Florence (1910-1999), Margaret (1912-1942) and Edda (1916-1976). Received the Purple Heart Medal. From The Record-Journal, Meriden, Connecticut,Continue 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 oldUnmarriedHometown listed as Joliet, Illinois on December 7, 1941, however, he was born in Connecticut and attended Yale University in New Haven, ConnecticutEnlisted on September 30, 1940; Commissioned March 14, 1941Service number O-097031USS Arizona (BB-39) Born to Edward Gosselin (1893-1978) and Florilla Webb GosselinContinue reading “ENSIGN EDWARD WEBB GOSSELIN; U.S. NAVY”