PFC John Magrath’s memory kept alive at Fort Drum, NY

A November 9, 2021 article by the Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs office highlighted how the sports complex there, is still named for Norwalk’s own PFC John D. Magrath. PFC Magrath was the only member of the 10th Mountain Division to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. I called the officeContinue reading “PFC John Magrath’s memory kept alive at Fort Drum, NY”

TECHNICAL SERGEANT JAMES MACEDO; U.S. ARMY

January 27, 1925 (Fall River, MA) – October 8, 2007 (Norwalk, CT); 82 years oldMarried to Kathleen Mayer Macedo (1927-2007) on May 31, 1954 in Norwalk. One son, James Jr. (1957-2010).Local address 3 Grandview Avenue, 15 Fox Run Road and 54 Taylor Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted on an unknown date in 1942. Discharged October 21, 1945. EnlistedContinue reading “TECHNICAL SERGEANT JAMES MACEDO; U.S. ARMY”

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN FRANKLIN KAVANEWSKY; U.S. ARMY

March 30, 1925 (Norwalk, CT) – November 30, 2019 (Jacksonville, FL); 94 years oldMarried to Caroline Yeadaker (1923-2014) on November 26, 1949 in Miami, Florida.Children Janet Kavanewsky Flinchum (1957-), Laura Kavanewsky Tiderman (1959-), Stephen (1956-), and John Jr. (1953-). Local address: Skytop Drive, NorwalkEnlisted on July 6, 1943Serial number 01336673Unit: 99th Infantry Division, 393rd InfantryContinue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN FRANKLIN KAVANEWSKY; U.S. ARMY”

TECHNICAL SERGEANT VINCENT DONALD FLAHERTY; U.S. ARMY

June 14, 1920 (Norwalk, CT) – May 6, 1999 (Norwalk, CT); 78 years old Married to Regina Marie O’Marra Flaherty (1928-present) on October 8, 1960 in Norwalk, CTChildren (unknown)Local address: 19 Merrill, and 31 High StreetEnlisted on June 9, 1943, right after graduation from Niagara University ’43Serial number 32930765Unit 9th Infantry Division, 60th Infantry RegimentContinue reading “TECHNICAL SERGEANT VINCENT DONALD FLAHERTY; U.S. ARMY”

TECHNICIAN GRADE 4 DOMINICK JOSEPH ANDRONACO; U.S. ARMY

November 11, 1918 (Norwalk, CT) – January 21, 1969 (Danbury, CT); 50 years oldMarried to Marion Collins Andronaco (1920-1996) on August 23, 1941 in Norwalk, CT.Children are Michael, Ellen Andronaco Ford, Wendy Andronaco Cruikshank and Nancy Andronaco Johnson.Local address: 374 Highland AvenueEnlisted on January 19, 1942Service number 31040749Unit: 5th Armored Division, 85th Cavalry Reconnaissance SquadronContinue reading “TECHNICIAN GRADE 4 DOMINICK JOSEPH ANDRONACO; U.S. ARMY”

TECHNICAL SERGEANT WALTER GILBERT SMITH; U.S. ARMY

April 14, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – April 5, 1995 (unknown); 70 years oldMarried to Stephania Skoczylas (1917-2003) on April 30, 1949 in New Canaan, CTTwo sons, Robert and William.Last local address: 55 Belden Avenue and 29 Saddle RoadEnlisted on April 15, 1942 (one day after his 18th birthday)Serial number 11066119Unit: 1st Infantry Division, 5th InfantryContinue reading “TECHNICAL SERGEANT WALTER GILBERT SMITH; U.S. ARMY”

COXSWAIN BENJAMIN BOSTWICK KIRTLAND JR.; U.S. NAVY

February 11, 1922 (New York, NY) – March 4, 1997 (Norwalk, CT)Children are Jane Mitchell, Ellen Laughton, Emily Scanlon, Anne Frusciante, and Benjamin B. Kirtland, IIILocal address: 20 Raymond Terrace, NorwalkEnlisted on September 11, 1942Service number 6425145Discharged September 5, 1945Ship assigned to: LST-472 Wounded on December 15, 1944 in the Solomon Islands Campaign, specifically theContinue reading “COXSWAIN BENJAMIN BOSTWICK KIRTLAND JR.; U.S. NAVY”

TECHNICIAN GRADE FIVE EDWARD WILLIAM FRANKE; U.S. ARMY

December 27, 1919 (Norwalk, CT) – December 9, 2001 (Norwalk, CT); 81 years oldMarried to Winifred Reece (1923-1998) on November 8, 1947 in Norwalk, CTLast local address: 26 Prospect Street, NorwalkEnlisted on September 10, 1942Service number 11095117Unit: 78th Infantry Division, 310th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Headquarters Company Captured December 16, 1944, Battle of the Bulge,Continue reading “TECHNICIAN GRADE FIVE EDWARD WILLIAM FRANKE; U.S. ARMY”