Connecticuters

Gave Their All
 
WW II

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Completed

All weblinks within this document are " BLUE "

INCLUDING:   Ships, Army Divisions, and Marine Divisions !

LAST UPDATE:

February 27, 2021

( Originally created January ~ 2018 )

In Memory

     The following list was created in the memory of the brave men and women from Park County, Wyoming 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.

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Park County had a total of:

" 30 "

Soldiers and Sailors who "Gave Their All" during World War II

( I'm 99.9% sure all from Park County are included )

Information was used from the following link for the " Army & Air Force "
at National Archives for this report:

Click Here for Archive Report:  " Park County, Wyoming "

"Multiple" links at the National Archives
were used for the " Navy & Coast Guard " for this report.

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     Also please note:   The records show these men and women as either enlisting, being originally from, or having strong ties to Park 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.


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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 " HERO'S " in my book and deserve all the recognition they can get !!


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Special Thanks To "Volunteer" Find A Grave Members:

" Eric Ackerman "
         For all his great research work For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Janice Hollandsworth "
         For her great help locating burials and record updates 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 & sailors 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 !
" ShaneO "
         For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Steve S "
         For his great photos in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines !
" Tim Cook "
         For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials, taking photos, and flight crew reports For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !

Key to Abbreviations and Notes:

AM = Awarded the " Air Medal " ~ ( Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. )
AM+ = Awarded " Multiple Air Medals " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Air Medal. )

BS = Awarded the " Bronze Star " ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )
BS+ = Awarded multiple " Bronze Stars " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Cluster attached to " First " Bronze Star. )

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. )

DSM = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States. )

FDC = Awarded the " Croix de Guerre " ~ ( Awarded by France for those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism. )

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

MM = Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " ~ ( Awarded to the Merchant Marines for being wounded or killed in action )
MM*  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Combat Bar " ~ ( Awarded to Merchant Mariners who have been in combat action )
MM**  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Combat Bar Star " ~ ( Combat Star's awarded to those who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )
MDS  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty ". )

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 Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. )

PH = Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded for being wounded in action. )
PH+ = Awarded " Multiple Purple Hearts " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Purple Heart. )

POW = Awarded the " Prisoner Of War Medal " ~ ( Awarded for serving as a Prisoner of the enemy. )

PUC = Awarded a " Presidential Unit Citation " ~ ( Awarded to a unit for heroism or extraordinary achievement. )

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, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

" Cause Of Death " ~ Color Coding:
      " RED " = Died during Battle.
      " MAROON " = Died of a "non-battle" related incident.

= Photo of person shown on online memorial
= Photo of tombstone or listing shown on online memorial
N/A ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable
N/A ~ ( in photo field ) = not available

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

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 possibly from wounds or illiness )

            

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for Park County

( Those letters highlighted in " Maroon " had no soldiers to list )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ]

G ] - H ] - I ] - J ] - K ] - L ]

M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ]

S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

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Last Names starting with " A " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Best, Glen W.
          PH ~ Algeria ~

First
Lieutenant
531st Engineer
Shore Regiment
Army
Park County
Died Of Wounds
Jul. 12, 1943
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

  Bever, Robert E.
          AM PH ~ Taiwan ~

Staff
Sergeant
501st Bomber Squadron
345th Bomber Group
Air Force
Park County
Killed In Action
May 27, 1945
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

  Blackburn, Frank, Jr.
          N/A ~ unknown ~

Private
Army
Park County
Line Of Duty
Nov. 19, 1942
Riverside
Cemetery
Cody, WY
" Yes "

  Brown, Hugh E., Jr.
          PH ~ Iwo Jima ~
          " Family Link Included "

Corporal
28th Marine Regiment
5th Marine Division
Marine
Park County
Killed In Action
Mar. 4, 1945
Riverside
Cemetery
Cody, WY
" Yes "

  Brundage, William A.
          AM PH ~ Germany ~
          " Family Link Included "

First
Lieutenant
555th Bomber Squadron
386th Bomber Group
Air Force
Park County
Killed In Action
Oct. 7, 1944
Jefferson Barrack's
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Carpenter, Dale A.
          AM PH ~ Germany ~
          " Family Link Included "

Staff
Sergeant
568th Bomber Squadron
390th Bomber Group
Air Force
Park County
Killed In Action
Dec. 31, 1944
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

  Casey, Billy A.
          PH ~ Italy ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
2nd Special Service
Regiment
Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Dec. 3, 1943
Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Dugger, Harold W.
          PH ~ Pacific ~
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Jarvis
Navy
Park County
Lost At Sea
Aug. 9, 1942
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " E " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Farmer, Robert W.
          PH ~ Italy ~
          " Family Link Included "

Sergeant
517th
Parachute Infantry

Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Jun. 24, 1944
Florence
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "

  Feyhl, Carl L.
          PH ~ Philippines ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
27th Infantry Regiment
25th Infantry Division
Army
Park County
Died Of Wounds
Mar. 2, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "

  Franklin, Billy D.
          PH ~ Iwo Jima ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
23rd Marine Regiment
4th Marine Division
Marine
Park County
Killed In Action
Feb. 28, 1945
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

  Freeman, Leonard C., Jr.
          N/A ~ Algeria ~
          " Family Link Included "

Second
Lieutenant
115th Squadron
57th A.C. Group
Air Force
Park County
Line Of Duty
Sep. 25, 1944
North Africa
American Cemetery
Tunisia
" Yes "

  Fujioka, Teruo
          PH+ ~ France ~

    Killed the same day with:
    Pfc Cike C. Kawano ~ ( below )
    who served in the same unit !

Private
First Class
442nd ( Nisei )
Infantry Regiment

Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Nov. 6, 1944
Epinal
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "

  Fuqua, Allen A.
          PH ~ Germany ~
          " Family Link Included "

Staff
Sergeant
354th Infantry Regiment
89th Infantry Division
Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Apr. 8, 1945
Netherlands
American Cemetery
Netherlands
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " G " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Hayami, Stanley K.
          PH ~ Italy ~

Private
442nd ( Nisei )
Infantry Regiment

Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Apr. 23, 1945
Evergreen
Cemetery
Los Angeles, CA
" Yes "

  Hogg, James O.
          AM PH ~ Pacific ~

Sergeant
482nd Bomber Squadron
505th Bomber Group
U.S. Air Force
Park County
Missing In Action
Feb. 10, 1945
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " I " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " J " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Kawano, Cike C.
          BS PH ~ France ~
          " Family Link Included "

    Killed the same day with:
    Pfc Teruo "Ted" Fujioka ~ ( above )
    who served in the same unit !

Private
First Class
442nd ( Nisei )
Infantry Regiment

Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Nov. 6, 1944
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

  King, John V.
          SS+ BS POW PH ~ Philippines ~

Major
Harbor Defenses
Army
Park County
Died While POW
Apr. 23, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Knight, Thomas A.
          PH ~ France ~

Private
358th Infantry Regiment
90th Infantry Division
Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Jun. 12, 1944
Normandy
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "

  Kopriva, Bruce P.
          PH ~ France ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
320th Infantry Regiment
35th Infantry Division
Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Jul. 18, 1944
Mountview
Cemetery
Billings, MT
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  LaFollette, Benjamin W.
          N/A ~ unknown ~

Private
126th Cavalry
Recon. Squadron
Army
Park County
Line Of Duty
Feb. 27, 1944
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  McDonald, James S.
          BS POW PH ~ Philippines ~
          " Family Link Included "

Captain
41st Infantry Regiment
41st Philippine Division
Army
Park County
Died While POW
Oct. 24, 1944
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Moore, Ray A.
          PH ~ Solomon Islands ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Marine
Park County
Killed In Action
Jan. 27, 1943
Custer
National Cemetery
Crow Agency, MT
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " N " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Orosco, Jose V.
          PH ~ France ~

Private
First Class
143rd Infantry Regiment
36th Infantry Division
Army
Park County
Killed In Action
Oct. 5, 1944
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " P " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Q " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Rodriguez, Robert
          N/A ~ unknown ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
72nd Infantry
Training Battalion
Army
Park County
Line Of Duty
May 10, 1945
Crown Hill
Cemetery
Powell, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " S " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Taketa, William H.
          N/A ~ unknown ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
442nd ( Nisei )
Infantry Regiment

Army
Park County
Line Of Duty
Apr. 28, 1945
Hillcrest
Burial Park
Kent, WA
" Yes "

  Thomas, William L.
          PH+ ~ Philippines ~ N/A

Technical
Sergeant
128th Infantry Regiment
32nd Infantry Division
Army
Park County
Died Of Wounds
Mar. 6, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " U " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Vanderhoff, Dean G.
          PH ~ Philippines ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

First
Lieutenant
419th Night
Fighter Squadron
Air Force
Park County
Killed In Action
Dec. 15, 1943
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Way, Kenneth K.
          PH ~ Pacific ~
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Herring
Navy
Park County
Lost At Sea
Jun. 1, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wilson, Rollin N., Jr.
          N/A ~ South Carolina ~
          " Family Link Included "

Second
Lieutenant
Air Force
Park County
Line Of Duty
Aug. 7, 1943
Riverside
Cemetery
Cody, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " X " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Y " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Z " ~ " There Were None ! "

            

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )