Connecticuters

Gave Their All
 
WW II

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( All weblinks within this document are "Blue" )

LAST UPDATE:

June 25, 2017

In Memory

     The following list was created in the memory of the brave men and women from Windham County, Connecticut that gave their all for their State and Country during World War II.  Soldiers, Sailors and Merchant Marines, are all included on this listing.

     There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men and women that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see their personal memorial that has been created for them.   On "many" of the online memorials you will see a small biography for each soldier which includes: parent's names, where they lived and where and how they actually died.   If you see one without a bio and you have information on them please email me and I'll update their records.



     Also please note:   The records show these men and women as either enlisting, being originally from, or having strong ties to Windham County.   Therefore some of these soldiers may not necessarily be from the particular county noted.

     On some of the records you will note that the "Cemetery/Memorial" column shows "unknown".   If you know where any of these men or women are interred please let me know by sending me an "email - (by clicking here)" and I'll insure that the information is noted for their record.


And Remember This:


Whether a soldier or sailor was "Killed In Action", "Missing In Action", "Died of Wounds", or even died in the "Line Of Duty" ....

Whether a soldier or sailor was awarded medals or not ....

They are all " HEROS " in my book and deserve all the recognition they can get !

No matter how they died or what medals they were awarded ....

" They answered their country's call and should be remembered for what they did for us all " !



Special Thanks To "Volunteer" Find A Grave Members:

" Janice Hollandsworth "  ~  For her great help locating burials and record updates " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" ShaneO "
  ~  For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Eric Ackerman "  ~  For all his great research work " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Jeff Hall "
  ~  For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" John C. Anderson "  ~  " For his valuable help with documenting soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery "
" John Dowdy "
  ~  For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials and flight crew reports " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Tim Cook "
  ~  For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials, taking photos, and flight crew reports " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Steve S "  ~  " For his great photos in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines "


Key to Abbreviations and Notes

AM = Awarded the "Air Medal" ~ ( Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and/or single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service. )
AM* = Awarded the "Air Medal" with one Oak Leaf Cluster ~ ( Second occurrance of being awarded the Air Medal )
AM** = Awarded the "Air Medal" with two Oak Leaf Clusters ~ ( Third occurrance of being awarded the Air Medal )
AM*** = Awarded the "Air Medal" with three Oak Leaf Clusters ~ ( Fourth occurrance of being awarded the Air Medal )

BS = Awarded the "Bronze Star" ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )

DFC = Awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" ~ ( Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight )

DSC = Awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" ~ ( 2nd highest award for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force to a member of the U.S. Army & Army Air Force )

DSM = Awarded the "Distinguished Service Medal" ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility to any member of the military )

LOM = Awarded the "Legion Of Merit" ~ ( Awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements to all military branches )

MM = Awarded the "Mariner's Medal" ~ ( Awarded to the Merchant Marines for being wounded or killed in action )

MOH = Awarded the "Medal Of Honor" ~ ( Highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. )

NC = Awarded the "Navy Cross" ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Coast Guard )

PH = Awarded the "Purple Heart" ~ ( Awarded for being wounded in action )
PH* = Awarded the "Purple Heart" with one Oak Leaf Cluster  ( Wounded Two Times )
PH** = Awarded the "Purple Heart" with two Oak Leaf Clusters  ( Wounded Three Times )
PH*** = Awarded the "Purple Heart" with three Oak Leaf Clusters  ( Wounded Four Times )

POW = Awarded the "Prisoner Of War Medal"

PUC = Awarded a "Presidential Unit Citation"

SM = Awarded the "Soldier's Medal" ~ ( Awarded for distinguished heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy )
SS = Awarded the "Silver Star" ~ ( 3rd highest award, awarded for gallantry in action )

Other Medals = Such as Good Conduct Medals, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

= Picture of person shown on online memorial

= Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial

Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.

n/a ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable

n/a ~ ( in photo field ) = not available

Those Included: = Died during the war - December 7, 1941 through September 2, 1945.  Some others have been included that died close to the war's end during cleanup operations.

            

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for Windham County

( Those letters not highlighted in " blue " currently have no soldiers listed )

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  Last Name, First Name, M.I. ~ Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
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Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
Online
Memorial
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 Abugel, Alexander C ~ PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a
Boatswain's
Mate
First Class
U.S.S. Boise
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Missing In Action
Oct. 12, 1942
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Angelo, Theodore Demetri ~ PH ~ Europe ~
Machinist's
Mate
Third Class
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Missing In Action
Jun. 16, 1945
Normandy
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Ayers, Herbert William ~ PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a
Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. De Haven
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Missing In Action
Feb. 1, 1943
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with

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Residence
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Date Of Passing
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Memorial
Online
Memorial
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 Bonosconi, Alfred Paul ~ AM** PH ~ At Sea ~
Aviation
Radioman
Third Class
U.S.S.
Shangri-La
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Killed In Action
Jul. 18, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Brenn, Edward Elmer ~ BS PH ~ At Sea ~
Chief
Fire
Controlman
U.S.S.
North Carolina
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Killed In Action
Apr. 6, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Burdick, Earl Douglas ~ PH ~ Mariana ~
Private
First Class
6th Mar Regt
2nd Mar Div
Marines
Windham County, Connecticut
Killedn In Action
Jun. 15, 1944
Saint Mary Cemetery
Putnam, Connecticut
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with

" B "

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Memorial
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Memorial
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 Campert, George ~ PH ~ Netherlands ~ n/a
First
Lieutenant
367th Bmb Sqd
306th Bmb Grp
Air Force
Windham County, Connecticut
Killed In Action
Jan. 11, 1944
Westford Hill Cemetery
Ashford, Connecticut
" Yes "
 Comtois, Joseph Albert ~ PH ~ Atlantic ~ n/a
Seaman
Second Class
S.S.
Pan-New York
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Missing In Action
Oct. 29, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with

" C "

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Memorial
Online
Memorial
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 Del Pesco, Guerino ~ AM PH ~ Germany ~ n/a
First
Lieutenant
586th Bmb Sqd
394th Bmb Grp
Air Force
Windham County, Connecticut
Killed In Action
Nov. 18, 1944
Westfield Cemetery
Danielson, Connecticut
" Yes "

Last Names starting with

" D "

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Memorial
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Memorial
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Memorial
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Memorial
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Memorial
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Memorial
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 Liguz, Frank Stephen ~ PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a
Radioman
Third Class
U.S.S. Atlanta
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Missing In Action
Nov. 13, 1942
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Lockwood, Raymond R ~ PH ~ Philippines ~ n/a
Private
First Class
158th Inf Regt
Army
Windham County, Connecticut
Killed In Action
March 15, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "

Last Names starting with

" L "

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Cemetery /
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Memorial
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Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
Online
Memorial
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 Pearson, Sigurd W ~ PH ~ Philippines ~ n/a
Private
First Class
11th FA Bn
24th Inf Div
Army
Windham County, Connecticut
Killed In Action
May 5, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
 Pingal, Frederick J ~ PH ~ Philippines ~ n/a
Corporal
169th Inf Regt
43rd Inf Div
Army
Windham County, Connecticut
Died Of Wounds
Jul. 16, 1943
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "

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Cemetery /
Memorial
Online
Memorial
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 Robitaille, Walter Urban ~ PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a
Coxswain
U.S.S. LST-460
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Missing In Action
Dec. 21, 1944
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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" R "

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Memorial
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 Skowvon, James T ~ PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a
Staff
Sergeant
169th Inf Regt
43rd Inf Div
Army
Windham County, Connecticut
Died Of Wounds
Jan. 21, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "

Last Names starting with

" S "

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Online
Memorial
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 Thayer, Allen ~ SS BS* POW PH ~ Taiwan ~ n/a
Lieutenant
Colonel
62nd Inf
61st Phil Div
Army
Windham County
Died While POW
Jan. 16, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Memorial
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Online
Memorial
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 Vincent, Ernest William ~ n/a ~ Atlantic ~ n/a
Motor
Machinist's Mate
Second Class
U.S.S. R-12
Navy
Windham County, Connecticut
Line Of Duty
Jun. 12, 1943
East Coast Memorial
Manhattan, New York
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with

" V "

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Memorial
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Memorial
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Email any questions or comments to:
Russ Pickett