Honor Roll Project: Norwalk, CT – World War I (Part 7)

In recognition of those who have served our country in the military, Heather Wilkinson Rojo of the Nutfield Genealogy blog started the Honor Roll Project. It’s an opportunity to publicly document the names on military memorials around the world, thus making them easily searchable on the internet for people who are looking for them!

WWI Memorial on the Norwalk Green. Author’s collection.

This is a continuation of the names on the World War I memorial on the green in Norwalk, CT; Previous posts are as follows:

Below is the seventh panel and its transcription. (One of these names will be appearing in a very special Norwalk history post next year!)

World War I memorial, Norwalk. Author’s collection.

1917 – THE WORLD WAR – 1919

RADFAN WILLIAM R.F. ROSE GEORGE EDWARD SCHROEDER MORRIS SMITH DAVID STONE STEVEN E.
RAUCH HENRY C. ROSE HARRY F. SCHULTZ WILLIAM LYLE SMITH ELBERT J. STONE WILLIAM C.
RAYMOND ALFRED W. ROSE WALTER W. SCOFIELD FRANK E. SMITH FRANK STOOTS RALPH
RAYMOND ARTHUR B. ROSENFIELD ISAAC SCOFIELD FRANKLYN D. SMITH FREDERICK N. STOREY J. WALKER
RAYMOND DUDLEY E. ROSENTHAL HARRY SCOTT WILLIAM G. SMITH HARRY J. STRATTON EVERETT S.
RAYMOND EDGAR L. ROSS MICHAEL SCULLEY WILLIAM J. SMITH IRA S. STULL WILLIAM S.
RAYMOND FRED L. ROTH JOSEPH SEAMAN CHARLES H. SMITH PHILIP F. STURDEVANT E. WARD
RAYMOND HOMER E. ROWE FRANK E. SEE FRANK WILLIAM SMITH REGINALD S. STURDEVANT GEORGE W.
RAYMOND RICHARD p. ROWLAND EDWARD SELLECK GEORGE R. SMITH RUFUS SULLIVAN HARRY J.
READ EARNEST O. ROWLAND MILTON S. SELZER HARRY M. SMITH STEPHEN SULLIVAN WILLIAM J.
REARDON CHARLES H. RUCH EDWARD J. SEYMOUR ARTHUR N. SMITH THEODORE S. SUMMERS NORMAN D.
REARDON LOUIS B. RUFFIN CHARLES T. SEYMOUR HOWARD NATHAN SMITH WILLIAM C. JR. SUTTON GEORGE FRANCIS
REDLING CHARLES RUNDLE HAROLD B. SHAW NORMAN B. SNELL ELTON R. SVENSON JOHN A.
REDWAY WILLIAM W. RUSSELL GEORGE JAMES SHAY THOMAS R. SNIFFEN HARRY SVENSON WILLIAM B.
REED ELMER E. RUSSELL JOHN R. SHEA DANIEL SNIFFEN JOHN MILTON SWEENEY RICHARD W.
REED JOSEPH RUSSELL WALTER P. SHEA WILLIAM T. SNYDER JOHN C. SWIFT GEORGE LLOYD
REGAN WILLIAM F. RUSSO ANTHONY SHEEHAN CHRISTOPHER V. SOLTES ANDREW JOSEPH SWINT CHARLES W.
REID HAROLD L. RUSSO CHARLES SHEEHAN EDWARD E. SOYAK STEPHEN SZERSZEN STEPHEN
REILLEY JOEPH THOMAS RUST WILLIAM P. SHEEHAN JOHN J. JR. SPAHR MARTIN SZCZEPANIAK WACLAW J.
REINHARDT WILLIAM RUTA FREDERICK SHEEHAN WANTER J. SPENCE PHILIP SZILANSKIS CHARLES
RESTIVO JOHN RYAN EDWARD D. SHELTON ANDREW SPERRY HAROLD
REUTER JOSEPH J. RYAN EDWARD M. SHEPARD DONALD E. SPINETTA FRANK J.
RICCI AMATEO RYAN THOMAS W. SHERLOCK HENRY SPINO THOMAS E. T
RICCIO ANTHONY RALPH RYDER FRANK E. SHERMAN EDWARD R. SPLAN EDWARD J. TALMADGE EDWIN L.
RICCIO JOSEPH SHERMAN PALMER R. SPRAY ARTHUR TALMADGE STANLEY L.
RICCIO LUCIANO SHERWOOD ARTHUR HENRY SPRAY REUBEN TANNONE NICHOLAS J.
RICO JOHN S SHERWOOD JOSEPH SPRAY WALTER TARLOV HARRY
RIDER DAVID S. SABA GEORGE SHERWOOD PHILIP H. SPRINGER EUGENE H. TARLOV MANUEL
RIDER ERNEST WALTERS SAFRANEK JERRY SHERWOOD RAY H. STACK JULIUS TARLOV SAMUEL
RIDER SPENCER EDWARD SALONI SIMON S. SHRIVER GEORGE E. STAHL JOHN TAVELLO NICOLO
RILEY ARTHUR EUGENE SAMARIJA ROY WILCOX WILLARD R. STANCHI FREDERICK TATE ROBERT W.
RILEY ARTHUR FRANCIS SANDOR JAMES JOSEPH SILK JOHN F. STANCHI JOHN E. TAVLIN BARNEY
RILEYJOSEPH M. SARGENT CHARLES SISK JOHN P. STANISH JOSEPH J. TAVLIN HARRY
RILEY STANLEY JOSEPH SASSE EDWARD SISK MICHAEL F. STANNARD NORMAN E. TAYLOR ANDREW H.
RIORDAN THOMAS J. SAUNDERS OLIVER G. SISWICK JOHN JOSEPH STERN GEORGE E. TAYLOR BENJAMIN A.
ROBERT GEORGE H. SAVAGE EMERSON SITTS ALAN F. STERLING LE ROY TAYLOR DANIEL MCLANE
ROBERTS WALTER J. SAYRE ALVIN G. SJOSTRAND GUNNAR T. STEVENS CHARLES B. TAYLOR JAMES HAROLD
ROCUZZO RAFAELE SAYRE WALTER SKENE C. MALCOLM S. STEVENS FRANK R. TAYLOR KENNETH H.
ROLLINS GEORGE ALFRED SCHACHAT NATHAN SKIDMORE THOMAS STEVENS WILLIAM S. TAYLOR MORROW ALFRED
ROMANO JOSEPH J. SCHAEFER JOHN JR. SLEZAK FRANK J. STEWART JAMES A. TAYLOR PERCY A.
ROONEY FRANCIS J. SCHIER ABRAHAM G. SLOMAN JOSEPH H. ST. JOHN CHARLES K. TAYLOR ROGERS CLINTON
ROONEY JOHN EDWARD SCHMIDT HENRY G. SMITH ALVA J. STOLBA CHARLES J. TAYLOR STANLEY H.

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Honor Roll Project: Norwalk, CT – World War I (part 6)

In recognition of those who have served our country in the military, Heather Wilkinson Rojo of the Nutfield Genealogy blog started the Honor Roll Project. It’s an opportunity to publicly document the names on military memorials around the world, thus making them easily searchable on the internet for people who are looking for them!

WWI Memorial on the Norwalk Green. Author’s collection.

This is a continuation of the names on the World War I memorial on the green in Norwalk, CT; Previous posts are as follows:

Below is the sixth panel and its transcription.

World War I Memorial. Norwalk, CT. Author’s collection.

1917 – THE WORLD WAR – 1919

McSALLY EDWARD L. MOORE DAVID NEWELL WILLIAM ORICO GIOVANNI PHILIPPOPULOS THEMIS
McSALLY JAMES MOORE FRED H. NICASTRO ANTHONY ORGOVAN FRANK PICKERING CHARLES T.
MEEHAN HOWARD A. MOORE FRED M. NICHOLS CHARLES P. OSBORNE FRANK H. PILON HARRY
MEEHAN HOWARD WEBSTER MOORE THOMAS F. NICKERSON LESTER H. OSBORNE LEWIS CLARKE PINKNEY WILLIAM JR.
MEEKER CHESTER P. MORGAN WILLIAM NIELSEN LOREN E. OSSI EDWARD PISACRETA GUISEPPE
MEEKER HOWARD J. MORGANTI JOHN S NOCERO MAURO OSTERBANKS ROYAL E. PLAITANO CARMINE
MEEKER JOHN B. MORIARTY MICHAEL E. NOONAN WILLIAM OSWALD HENRY A. PLATT GEORGE HOWARD
MEEKER WILLIAM F. MORITZ CARL A. NORRIS RICHARD T. JR. OUELLETTE ALFRED J. PLATT ROLAND A.
MERCER PAUL O. MORITZ ERNEST NOVIELLO JOHN PLUNKETT JOHN HENRY
MEREDITH WILLIAM H. MORRELL FRANK E. NUTTING ALFRED R. PLUNKETT RICHARD F.
MERRIAM ARCHIBALD MORRISON FREDERICK J. M.D.

P

PLUNKETT WILLIAM F.
MERRIAM PHILIP M. MORROW WILLIAM H. PALADINO JAMES PODZELNI RICHARD
MERRIFIELD ROY

MORTON JOHN

O

PALASTRO ALEXANDER POHLMAN CHARLES L.
MERRITT EDWARD S. MOSES ALAN M. OAKES FREDERICK C. PALINKAS PAUL J. POLLAK ERWIN
MERRITT WALTER W. MOSHER NELSON H. OAMULINSKI JOSEPH PANTALLO GIACOMO POLLEY JUDSON J.
MERRITT WALTON MOSSMAN ALBERT N. OBERLANDER HARRY W. PAQUA ANTONIO POLLEY SAMUEL C.
MICHEGAN MIRAN MOTT JOHN EDGAR O’BRIEN EDWARD PAQUA JAMES POWELL DONALD A.
MIDDLETON FRANK A. MORRISON ARTHUR H. O’BRIEN EDWARD J. PARIS MAXWELL H. POWELL NELSON W.
MIDDLETON FRANK A. JR. MUGAVERO EDWARD M. O’BRIEN WILLIAM D. PARKINSON HENRY F. PRATT CHARLES
MILBURN RICHARD MULLINGS ROBERT M. O’BRIEN WILLIAM J. PASKO JOHN PREMRU KRISTJIAN
MILLARD JOSEPH J. MULQUEEN GEORGE J. O’CONNOR JOHN A. PASSAFIUME VINCENZO PREUSSER CHARLES F.
MILLGER JOHN MULVEY ROBERT EDWARD O’CONNOR SHERMAN E. PASSAFUME ANTONIO PRICE CONRAD C.
MILLER EDWARD H. MULVIHILL DANIEL F. ODELL WILLIAM H. JR. PASSAFUME JAMES PRICE HERBERT
MILLER ERIC H. MULVOY ANTHONY JAMES O’GRADY HUGH PATTERSON WILLIAM PRICE JOHN
MILLER JOHN J. MUREN G. MORGAN M.D. O’GRADY WILLIAM B. PAUL ERNEST R. PRICE THOMAS
MILLER PERCY MURPHY CHARLES A. O’HARA CLIFFORD J. PAUL LAWRENCE PRICE WILLIAM
MILLS CLARENCE W. MURPHY EDGAR G. O’HARA WILLIAM H. PAULINE PETER A. PSYHOJOS GEORGE
MILLS RUSSELL S. MURPHY FEDERICK P. OLEAN JOHN A. PEARSON ALBERT G. PULCINO GIOVANNI
MILLS STANLEY A. MUTH THEODORE J. OLEAN JOHN A. PEDEN THOMAS J. PURDY LEROY MEAD
MILNE WILLIAM C. OLEAN JULIUS A. PEET WILLIAM F.
MISERENDINA BAGILIO OLEAN MICHAEL P. PELHAM GEORGE J.
MISERENDINA SANTI

N

OLIVER ROBERT B. PENNELL ALOYSIUS W.
MISKY STANLEY NADIN HOWARD N. OLMSTEAD FRANK

PENNY LOUIS A.

Q

MISLENSKI TONY E. NASH DOUGLAS E. OLMSTEAD HARRY F. PEPITONE GIACOMO QUAGLIONE PASQUALE
MONKLEY GEORGE NATHAN JACOB O’NEILL EUGENE A. PERDUE ROBERT E. M.D. QUITTNER JOSEPH
MOELLER JOSEPH M. NATTEFORD BERNARD M. O’NEILL JAMES P. PERKINS EUGENE F. QUINTARD JOHN H.
MOFFETT CHARLES NEGUS THOMAS S. O’NEILL JOHN P. PERKINS MURRIE A.
MOHR CHARLES H. NEILSEN JOHN W. O’NEILL JOSEPH C. PERKINS WILLIAM A.
MONAGHAN JAMES NESLINE ALFRED JAMES O’NEILL TIMOTHY J.

PERRY ANDREW B.

R

MONAGHAN JOHN T. MESTOR MANUAL OLSEN WILLIAM PERSCHINO JOHN F. RACANELLI MICHAEL F.
MONTGOMERY GEORGE E. NEVAS BERNARD AARON OLSON HILDON O. PESAK JOSEPH W. RACKETT MERSON
MONTGOMERY HOWARD A. NEVAS NATHAN OLSON WILLIAM F. PETRAKIS JOHN L. RADFAN EDWARD A.

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Honor Roll Project: Norwalk, CT – World War I (part 5)

In recognition of those who have served our country in the military, Heather Wilkinson Rojo of the Nutfield Genealogy blog started the Honor Roll Project. It’s an opportunity to publicly document the names on military memorials around the world, thus making them easily searchable on the internet for people who are looking for them!

WWI Memorial on the Norwalk Green. Author’s collection.

This is a continuation of the names on the World War I memorial on the green in Norwalk, CT (previous posts are here, here, here and here). Below is the fifth panel and its transcription.

World War I Memorial. Norwalk, CT. Author’s collection.

1917 – THE WORLD WAR – 1919

IRELAND WILLIAM D. KATZ ELIAS KUNZE JOHN A. JR. LOCKHART JOSEPH MARRON HUGH P.
IRVINE RICHARD H. KEARNEY JAMES EDWARD KURIMAI GABRIAL LOCKWOOD ALAN E. MARTIN FRANCIS R.
IRVING JOHN L. KEELER ANSON F. KUSLIK JOSEPH LOCKWOOD FRANK R. MARTINEZ BENICNO
ISRAEL CHARLES KEELER BENJAMIN A. KVANCZ JOHN LOCKWOOD MANICE DEF. JR. MARUCA JOSEPH
ISRAEL MURRAY J. KEISLER GEORGE A. LOMBARD ANTHONY MASI JAMES V. JR.
KEISLER HARRY W. LOMBARDI JAMES JR. MASTROBERARDINO M.
KELLEY ARTHUR G.

L

LONCHAK ALEXANDER MATHEIS CHARLES L.

J

KELLEY JAMES MERRITT LAMB ROBERT T. LOUDEN ARTHUR JOSEPH MATHER WILLIAM F.
JACKSON OLIVER RAY KELLEY JAMES W. LANDERS FREEMAN LOUDEN CLARENCE A. MATHEWSON GEORGE T.
JACKSON WILLIAM S. KELLEY JOHN E. LANE ARTHUR B. LOUDON ALLEN W. MATTHEWS JOHN J.
JAMES GEORGE L. KELLEY JOHN L. JR. LANE GEORGE L. LOUDON CHARLES H. MAY JOHN FREDERICK
JAMES RUSSELL KELLY THOMAS PATRICK LANE HENRY M. LOUDON IRWIN MAYER HARRY S.
JARVIS GEORGE KELLY WINTON F. LANE HERBERT F. LUCAS CHRIS JOHN MAZZONE SALVATORE
JARVIS HARVEY KELMKYWITCH GEORGE LATHAM GEORGE W. LUMPP BENJAMIN MCALLISTER EDWARD C.
JASSIL JOHN KEMP WILLIAM B. LATHAM HARRY NELSON LYDEN HENRY MCCANN CHRISTOPHER S.
JENNINGS CLIFFORD N. KENNEDY WILLIAM B. LAWRENCE PAUL LYDEN J. JOSEPH MCCARTHY CHARLES D.
JENNINGS FRED S. KENNEY CHARLES B. LAWSON FRANK JOSEPH LYDEN MARTIN A. MCCARTHY CLARENCE F.
JENNINGS JAMES W. KENT JAMES S. LAYDEN ERNEST J. LYDEN THOMAS M. MCCARTHY EDMUND J.
JENSEN FRANK L. KENT JOHN J. LAYDEN JOHN E. LYNCH CLARENCE H. MCCARTHY WALTER
JESSUP LOUDEN KEOGH JOHN J. LEE JOHN JAMES LYNCH JAMES MCCARTHY WILLIAM F.
JOHNSON ARCHIE B. KEREKES STEPHEN J. LEFFERSON WILLIAM E. LYNCH JOHN J. MCDONALD THOMAS J.
JOHNSON CHARLES KIGGINS IRA H. LEGG FRANK A. LYONS JOSEPH MCELFISH RUSSELL C.
JOHNSON ERNEST W. KINDILIEN EDWARD J. LEGG WILLIAM RALPH LYONS MICHAEL J. MCGANN WILLIAM J.
JOHNSON FRANCIS S. KISKA LOUIS J. LEHOTSKY JULIUS D. MCGARRIE JOHN J.
JOHNSON JOHN B. KLEIN FREDERICK J. LEMAIRE LOUIS A. JR. MCGLONE THOMAS
JOHNSON LEONARD A. KLEIN WILLIAM J. LENGYEL JAMES J.

M

MCGLONE WILLIAM J.
JOHNSON OSCAR A. KLIPPEL CHARLES LENT ARTHUR F. MACE CHARLES MCGOWAN EDWARD B.
JOHNSON OSCAR E. KNAPP ERNEST E. LEONARD JAMES P. MACKAY JOSEPH MCGRATH MATHEW
JOHNSON WALTER J. KNIFFEN OTIS A. LEPIRA ANTONIO MACY RALPH MCGUIRK FRANK J.
JOHNSON WESLEY C. KOCHER JACOB P. LEPPERT CHARLES L. MAESTICIANI RALPH MCILHONEY JAMES E.
JONES JESSE KOCHER KARL H. LETIZIO JOSEPH M. MAGNER CLETUS MCLAUGHLIN LEWIS JOHN
JOSEM JACOB EDWARD KOENIG ADAM LEUR HENRY MAHON JAMES E. MCLAUGHLIN THOMAS
JOST JOSEPH ANTHONY KOENIG CARL LEWIS HENRY HUNT MALVASO ANTHONY MCLELLAN HAROLD F.
JOYCE FRANCIS J. KONTAGIANNIS LOUIS A. LEXEN EUGENE E. MANEK JOHN P. MCMAHON EDWARD M.
JULESON JOSEPH KOPSCO MICHAEL L’HOMMEDIEU EARLE B. MANOS WILLIAM MCMAHON FRANK V.
JUVENAL ANTHONY B. KRIMBILL ANDREW C. LIBNER ISADORE MANSFIELD CHARLES MCMAHON JAMES M.
JUVENAL WILLIAM W. KRUSCH WILLIAM T. LIBNER JACOB MANSFIELD CLIFFORD MCMAHON JOHN F. JR.
KUBAN DAVID ANTHONY LIBNER JOSEPH MANSFIELD HAMILTON D. MCNERNEY WILLIAM J.
KUBAN JOHN LICARI VITO L. MANZI RALPH MCNIVEN WILLIAM A.

K

KUCH C. FRED JR. LIGHT FREEMAN MANZI SALVATORE MCQUILLAN VINCENT J.
KANE JOHN KUCH EDWARD J. LIST JOHN MARINO JOSEPH A. MCREDMOND WILLIAM H.
KAPLAN ALEXANDER KUHN LOUIS LITTLEJOHN CRAIG MARRON ANTHONY J. MCSALLY EDWARD JOSEPH

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Let Freedom Ring 2018

Readers of this blog know that I love Norwalk’s “Let Freedom Ring” program. I love its focus on the true origins of Independence Day, on Norwalk’s part in the American Revolution, and on bringing today’s community together. This year was no exception; in fact, we probably had our biggest crowd yet!

The program opened with Madeleine Eckert of the Norwalk Historical Society giving a talk called “Discovering 18th Century Norwalk Black History.” She and her husband Ed have done extensive research into Norwalk’s black population in the 1700s: from simple census counts to identifying names in probate records (either first, last, or both) to newspaper accounts. Mrs. Eckert then went into detail about Norwalk blacks who not only assisted the Patriot cause during the American Revolution, but also those who became loyalists.

NHS President Diane Jellerette introduces Madeleine Eckert. Author’s collection.

Information was coming at me so fast that it was hard to capture it all. Basically, there were some blacks who served as soldiers in integrated troops. Some slaves also helped save homes during the 1779 Burning of Norwalk. I did manage to capture the names of the black patriots:

  • Ned Negro
  • John Roger
  • Solomon Soutice
  • Onesimus Brown (there was a photo of him!)
  • Dover St. John

Those who supported the Loyalist cause probably did so under the promise of gaining freedom (in fact, they were included among those who received land grants in Nova Scotia). Some Norwalkers included:

  • Catherine
  • Moses
  • Pleasant Lockwood
  • David Raymond
  • Dorras Scudder
  • Cato Cannon

What an eye-opening talk it was!

After a short break, the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony began. Mayor Harry Rilling spoke of his favorite passage in the Declaration of Independence (“we hold these truths to be self-evident…”). Senator Bob Duff emphasized that the Declaration was “not a love letter” but a list of grievances, and that we too should speak up and make our voices heard in government.

Mayor Rilling and Senator Duff. Author’s collection.

Town Clerk Rick McQuaid, in traditional Revolutionary garb, read many excerpts of the Declaration of Independence (I swear, he does it better every year!). The children present were then invited to help ring the bell as Mayor Rilling read off the names of the thirteen original states.

Rick McQuaid reads the Declaration; children help ring the bell. Author’s collection.

Zachary Anderson, Nathan Brenn and Richie Cordero, three graduates from Norwalk High School’s music program, performed a moving rendition of the National Anthem.

The National Anthem is performed. Author’s collection.

We were then introduced to our special guests, the Sable Soldiers. Ludger Balan told us that day they were representing Glover’s Marblehead regiment, of whom 40% were people of color, be it African-American, Native American, etc. He spoke of gratitude for knowing where we’ve been as a people, and how that has contributed to who we are today.

Ludger Balan (left) introduced us to the Sable Soldiers. Author’s collection.

Indeed the people re-enacting the Marblehead regiment had an intimate knowledge of the history of the regiment, from the motives behind the Marbleheaders joining the Revolutionary cause to the logistics of colonial warfare. When the crowd moved outside, stories were shared about the regiment and the battles it took part in (the most notable was the Battle of Trenton). Even the younger children were captivated by the stories!

Battlefield stories captured the crowd so well that the kids were more than willing to be a part of the cannon team demonstration. Author’s collection.

Finally, the soldiers gave us an unloaded demonstration of how some of their weapons worked. I won’t go into all the details here (please – see a demonstration of your local reenactors if you can), but I will share some of our modern expressions that stem from Revolutionary-era weaponry:

  • lock, stock and barrel
  • flash in the pan
  • half cocked
  • kick the bucket

In conclusion, I would say that my eyes have been opened about how all people have taken part in establishing our country. They may not have been in history books, but their names and roles are slowly being rediscovered by people like the Eckerts and the Sable Soldiers.

Encampment scenes. Author’s collection.

Encampment scenes. Author’s collection.

Encampment scenes. Author’s collection.

Encampment scenes. Author’s collection.

Encampment scenes. Author’s collection.

Encampment scenes. Author’s collection.

Honor Roll Project: Norwalk, CT – World War I (part 4)

In recognition of those who have served our country in the military, Heather Wilkinson Rojo of the Nutfield Genealogy blog started the Honor Roll Project. It’s an opportunity to publicly document the names on military memorials around the world, thus making them easily searchable on the internet for people who are looking for them!

WWI Memorial on the Norwalk Green. Author’s collection.

This is a continuation of the names on the World War I memorial on the green in Norwalk, CT (previous posts are here, here and here).  Below is the fourth panel and its transcription.

World War I Memorial. Norwalk, CT. Author’s collection.

1917 – THE WORLD WAR – 1919

FERGUSON LESTER R. FRIZZELL DUNCAN B. GOLDSTEIN FREDERICK HALLOREN JULIUS T. HICKEY WILLIAM T. JR.
FERGUSTON THEODORE FRIZZELL JOHN REEVES GORHAM WILLIAM N. HAMILTON ALBERT M. HIGHT FLETCHER
FERGUSON TREMONT H. FROST RUSSELL JR. GORHAM JOHN A. HAMILTON EDWARD W. HILL CHARLES L.
FERRINO LOUIS FUDGE HARRY C. GORMLEY LESTER F. HAMMOND BRADLEY B. HINCK NATHAN
FERRIS BENTLEY B. FULE JAMES GOTTLIEB LEO HANKS HAROLD S. HINES HUGH JR.
FERRIS VICTOR W. GOTTLIEB MORRIS HANKS WILLIAM J. HINSON HAROLD E.
FINCH RUSSELL W. GOULD EDGAR F. HANLON JOHN HIPSON CARYL B.
FINNEGAN EDWARD W. G GOULDEN ALLYN S. HANLON WILLIAM F. HIPSON HARRY H.
FIORE JAMES GABRIEL ANDREW GRACE FRANK J. HANNA HAROLD W. HOGOFIAN AVADIS
FISHER JOHN GAGE CLINTON H. GRAY ARTHUR S. HANNON JOHN PATRICK HOLLAND HENRY
FITCH HERBERT GAGER WARREN B. GRAY CHARLES LOUIS HARRIS ALFRED HOPSON CHARLES
FITELSON JACOB GALBO CALOGERO GRAY DONALD A. HARRIS ISRAEL HORAN EDWIN W.
FITZGERALD JOHN JAMES GALL DANIEL GRAY HORACE M. HARRIS LOUIS F. HORAN RICHARD J.
FITZGERALD JOSEPH M. GALLA FRANCESCON GRAY JOSEPH A. JR. HARRIS RICHARD T. HORAN THOMAS P.
FITZGERALD LEONARD GALLAGHER ANTHONY R. GRAY LOUIS S. HART PRESTON M. HORAN WILLIAM F.
FLAHERTY THOMAS F. GALLAGHER JAMES J. GREENBERG ARCHIE L. HARTY CHARLES A. HOTALING RAYMOND
FLOOD HOWARD GALYAS JOHN GREENWALD THEODORE F. HASLIN JOSEPH E. HOWARD GEORGE H.
FLYNN HARRY J. GAMBLE MINER L. GREENWOOD HAROLD A. HATCH FRANK D. HOWLEY THOMAS E.
FLYNN WALTON W. GANUN HARRY H. GREENWOOD LE GRAND HAUGH HARRY M. HOYT ARTHUR C.
FODOR ANDREW J. GARFIELD ARTHUR F. GREGORY M. GLOVER HAUGH JOHN DENNIS HOYT ELTON M.
FORBUSH BELDEN C. GARFIELD EARL B. GREGORY PERCIVAL R. HAVILAND CHARLES B. HUBBELL CLINTON C.
FORCELLINO DOMINIC GARFIELD JAMES F. GRIALTIERI FRANK HAVLICEK CHARLES A. HUBBELL WILLIAM H.
FOREIT JACK GATES HARRY GRIFFIN LOUIS HAWKINS RUSSELL S. HUDSON THOMAS H.
FOREN ALFRED EUGENE GATES IRA E. GRIFFIN VERNON F. HAYES EDWARD HUGHES ALBERT C.
FORIZ JOHN GAVIN JAMES F. GROESCHNER WILLIAM R. HAYES EDWARD T. HUGHES EDWARD C.
FORSYTHE GEORGE W. GAY FRANK GRUMBLY PATRICK A. HAYES JAMES H. HUGHES ELLIS
FOSTER CHARLES GEFFINO FRANK GRUMMAN LEWIS HAZLETT ROBERT HUGHES LESTER W.
FOSTER LEONARD J. GEORGE FRANCIS W. GUARNIERI JOHN J. HEALY JOSEPH HUGHEY ROBERT H.
FOSTER WALTER H. GEORGE ROBERT H. GUIDER JOHN VINCENT HEITZ PAUL HULL WILLIAM HENRY JR.
FOX JESSE S. GIANGUZZO CALOGERO GUILES HAROLD HELLANT JACOB HUNT DAVID
FOX WILLIAM A. GILBERT FRANK W. GUMBART EDWARD HUGO HELLANT LOUIS HUNT JOHN WILLIAM
FRANCARILLA ORAZIO GILBERT JOHN CLIFFORD GUMBART WILLIAM E. HEMMONE WILBUR W. HUNTINGTON ARTHUR F.
FRANCES WILLIAM G. GILBERT LELAND F. GUNTHER JOHN L. HENDRICKS EDWARD E. HUSSEY EDWARD H.
FRATINO JOSEPH GILCHRIST JAMES C. GUTHRIE CHESTER J. HENNESSY FREDERICK T. HYATT ELMER
FRATINO PATRICK GILLETTE WILLIAM B. HENRY MARTIN L. HYATT HARRY TRACEY
FRATTO FRANK GILMORE WALTER T. HENSON FREDERICK T. HYDE JOHN C.
FREDERICKS JAMES GLADSTONE WILLIAM C. H HERMON ALBERT HYLER BENJAMIN W.
FREUDENTHAL WALTER GLASSER DAVID HAASE EDWARD E. HERRING HERBERT W. HYNAN WILLIAM F.
FRIEDLANDER ROBERT GLEASON DANIEL H. HAIN OTTO HERTZ BENJAMIN H.
FRIEND JOHN JOSEPH GLEASON PHILIP R. HALACY DANIEL S. HERTZ JOSEPH
FRIEND MATTHEW F. GOLDSCHMIDT CHARLES HALACY JOHN JOSEPH HEVESSEY MICHAEL I
FRIZZELL CHARLES R. GOLDSCHMIDT SAMUEL HALL RUSSELL HICKEY THOMAS J. IRELAND HENRY J.

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Honor Roll Project: Norwalk, CT – World War I (part 3)

In recognition of those who have served our country in the military, Heather Wilkinson Rojo of the Nutfield Genealogy blog started the Honor Roll Project. It’s an opportunity to publicly document the names on military memorials around the world, thus making them easily searchable on the internet for people who are looking for them!

WWI Memorial on the Norwalk Green. Author’s collection.

This is a continuation of the names on the World War I memorial on the green in Norwalk, CT (previous posts are here and here). Below is the third panel and its transcription.

World War I Memorial, Norwalk, CT. Author’s collection.

1917 – THE WORLD WAR – 1919

CALLAHAN WILLIAM J. CIFATTE LOUIS CORTRIGHT RUSSELL C. DECKER WALTER I. DWYER LEWIS A.
CAMPBELL DAVID P. CINQUE OSCAR COUCH WILLIAM N. DE DONATO ANTHONY
CAMPBELL FRED DONALD CIOPPA VITO D. COURT CHARLES H. DEEGAN WILLIAM H.
CAMPBELL HUGH P. JR. CIZARNOWSKI DEMETHRI COVINO HARRY

DEERING CHRISTOPHER

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CAMPBELL IRVING F. CLAPP ARTHUR COWING WALTER C. DE FOREST C. ELLIOTT EADE WILLIAM M.
CAMPBELL RALPH V. CLARK ARTHUR W. COYLE HARRY O. DEILUS ROBERG EARLE HARRY W.
CANEVARI ALPHONSO CLARK THEODORE H. CRAIG ISHAM JR. DE LEAS JOHN EASON WALTER F.
CANFIELD CHARLES R. CLARKE CHARLES LYON CRAM GEORGE E. M.D. DE MARCO ANGELO EDMOND EARLE L.
CANFIELD SAMUEL D. CLARKIN JOHN CRAMPTON BERNARD L. DE MARTINO JOSEPH EISERMANN EMIL O.
CANFIELD WILLIAM K. CLAYTON WILLIAM CRAWFORD BERTRAM A. DEMPSEY JOHN J. EISERMANN PAUL O.
CANTONI ANTHONY CLEVERLY JOHN B. CREAGH JAMES M. DENGLER FREDERICK L. ELLIOTT STEWART H.
CANTONI ANTONIO CLOSE LELAND M. CREAGH JOHN T. DENICOLA JOHN F. ELY CLIFFORD S.
CAPONE BENJAMIN CLOUGH FREDERICK C. CREAMER LEONARD C. DENNIS CHARLE E. EMERSON ARTHUR C.
CARIER FRED C. COBURN HARRIE C. CREIGHTON GEORGE W. DENTON GEORG R. EMRO BURTON E.
CARIONE ANTONIO COFFIN FLOYD W. CROAL RAYMOND DE SANZA CHARLES A. ENGLISH JOSEPH R.
CARRELL CHARLES E. COGSWELL CHARLES B. CROAL WILLIAM F. DEVINE CHARLES E. ETHERIDGE HOWARD M.
CARROLL GEORGE E. COHEN ABRAHAM D. CRONIN JERRY W. DEVINE ROBERT EULA MARTE A.
CARROLL JAMES J. COHEN HARRY CROZIER JAMES R. DIBBLE HORTON EUVARD WILLIAM C.
CARROLL WILLIAM J. COLE LESTER G. CUDDY CORNELIUS DIKEMAN ROBERT G. EVANSWALTER OWEN
CASE RALPH COLE WILLIAM H. CULLEN FREDERICK M. DILWORTH GEORGE W. EVANSKI HARRY
CASTAGNIA LUIGI COLEBURN ARTHUR M.D. DURATELLA ORAZIO DISBROW JOHN O. EVERETT WILLIAM W.
CASTLEDINE JOHN COLEBURN KENNETH M. CUTBILL ALFRED B. DISBROW LIVINGSTON
CATTERALL ELMER A. COLEMAN EARLE J. CUTLER FRED B. DI SESA JOHN J.
CATTERALL THOMAS COLEMAN EDWARD DIXON THOMAS

F

CAVALLIARO FRANCESCO COLEY ARTHUR E. DOKUS SEPHEN FAHAN JOHN EDWARD
CAVANAUGH JAMES A. COLLINGS HERBERT

D

DOMINICK MICHAEL FAHAN WILLIAM JOSEPH
CAVANAUGH JOSPEH A. COLLINS GEORGE DAGGY RICHARD S. DONNELY THOMAS FALCONE ANTHONY
CHAMBERS HAROLD COLLINS GEORGE V. DAGON JAMES E. DORSEY JOHN J. FALLO PASQUALE
CHANTOS ANDREW COLLINS LEO M. CALTON BENJAMIN W. DORSO NICOLO FANT LESLIE L.
CHANTOS ARTHUR COLLINS LEROY A. DAMATO FRANK DOULENS HOMER E. FARRELL DANIEL J.
CHANTOS STEPHEN COLLINS THOMAS DANIELS WILLIAM E. JR. DOWNES LEROY DONNELLY FARRELL FRANK E.
CHAPPA HAMES COMSTOCK HAMILTON L. DANN RALPH E. DRINKWATER THOMAS FARRELL JOHN J.
CHARIOTT RALPH COMSTOCK RALPH DANN VICTOR H. DUESBURG FRED FARRELL LESTER J.
CHASE MODESTO CONNOLLY JAMES E. DARDEN NATHANIEL DUFFY JAMES W. FARRELL WILLIAM L.
CHATTERTON FRANK JR. COOK EDWARD J. DARLING EDWARD G. DUFFY JOHN H. FARRINGTON EDWARD
CHICHESTER HARRY M. COOKE HUGH J. DATTALO WILLIAM DUFFY WILLIAM F. FARRINGTON FREDERICK M.
CHOMOTINSKY LOUIS COOKE WILLIAM A. DAVIS HARRY B. DUGAN ANTHONY J. FARRINGTON NEDMAN G.
CHRISTIANO NICHOLAS COOMBS WILLIAM H. DAVIS SAMUEL L. DUGAN FREDERICK FATIVO JOSEPH
CHRISTIANO PETRO COPLEY CHARLES J. DAY C. RUSSELL DUGAN WILLIAM M. FAY FRANK
CHURCH WILLIAM HOYT CORCORAN EDWARD J. DE BOER SETH DUNBAR JESSE T. FELTER ALFRED W.
CIACCIA GUISEPPE CORCORAN FRANCIS W. DECKER J. DELANO DUNLOP HERBERT J. FENNELL WILLIAM H.
CICALA MICHAEL CORCORAN JOSEPH M. DECKER LEWIS H. DWYER JOHN T. FERENTIQUE RAFELLO

“WE HONOR THOSE WHO DO US HONOR”

Samuel Grumman: Revolutionary and Genealogy Hero

As I’ve written about before, I love to attend Norwalk’s “Let Freedom Ring” program on Independence Day. This past 4th of July, the program included a special wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Samuel Grumman, who was in the militia during the Revolutionary War.

After being led across the Mill Hill cemetery by Boy Scout Troop 222 color guard, we opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and listened as historian Madeleine Eckert told us the story of Samuel Grumman.

Following the Color Guard down the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Author’s collection.

The following are some of the highlights:

  • Samuel was born in 1725 at the site of 93 East Avenue in Norwalk.
  • He married Elizabeth Keeler and they lived where 74 East Avenue is today.
  • He owned a mill located on the Norwalk River, where 40 Cross Street is today (right around the corner from me!).
  • He was the Town Clerk in Norwalk during the Revolution until the time of his death in 1804.
  • In 1776, he enlisted in the 9th Regiment of the Connecticut militia under Jabez Gregory (who is also buried at Mill Hill), but never saw any military action.

Jabez Gregory’s grave. Author’s collection.

  • Samuel served on various Revolutionary War committees during 1778-1779.
  • In 1779, when Norwalk found out that General Tryon would be attacking them, Samuel had the foresight to hide the town records in a safe place, protecting them from the Burning of Norwalk. Descendants of colonial Norwalkers owe a debt of gratitude to him.
  • He died in 1804. Both he and his wife are buried at Mill Hill Cemetery. Elizabeth’s stone is broken in half, but is still legible. Samuel’s original stone has deteriorated with age.

Appropriately, current Town Clerk Richard McQuaid had the honor of laying a wreath at Samuel’s grave. Behind the decayed stone is a new marble marker for future generations to enjoy. “Taps” was played by Norwalk High School trumpeter Victoria Russo.

Richard McQuaid lays the wreath. Author’s collection.

Samuel Grumman’s new grave marker. Author’s collection.

The program continued indoors at the old meeting house, where Mayor Harry Rilling remarked how much we owe to the patriots who fought back in the Revolution, right up through present times. Connecticut Senator Bob Duff pointed out how interesting it was to hear the stories behind the names of our current streets. He also marveled at the sacrifices our forefathers made, all due to following their passion to be free. Because they followed their passions then, we are able to follow our own passions today.

Richard McQuaid, in period dress, read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, followed by the thirteen rings of the bell by Senator Duff as Mayor Rilling read off the names of each of the thirteen original states. Catherine Robinson, of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, then sang the National Anthem in a beautiful contralto voice.

Mayor Rilling and Senator Duff let freedom ring! Author’s collection.

If you’re ever in Norwalk, take some time to pay respects to some patriots here! The Norwalk River Valley Trail now runs through the Mill Hill historical site, and the path goes right past Samuel Grumman’s grave.

The meeting house at Mill Hill. Author’s collection.