Thursday, November 10, 2016

Heather's Honor Roll Project (Veteran's Day 2016) -- Wallingford, Connecticut World War II Memorial: Part 1 - A through B

Wallingford, Connecticut Town Hall

Tomorrow, November 11, 2016, is Veterans Day. 

Among the Honor Roll memorials located in Wallingford, Connecticut on the grounds of the Town Hall is one for those who served (and in some cases died) in World War II. It is by far the most extensive memorial listing of veterans of war who lived in Wallingford.  The list contains hundreds of names -- in fact so many that it will take several posts to get them all transcribed and published. This post will cover all the names in alphabetical order from A through B . . . and that comprises 244 names alone.  

I know that finding a database of transcribed names is one thing for those who are searching for ancestors and relatives, but for those who cannot make a trip to see the actual memorial, a photograph of their family member's name would be a very useful gift for inclusion in family genealogies; therefore, it is my intention to take several blog posts in the future to publish the photographs from which I worked to do the name transcriptions.  [UPDATE: The close-up photos for the first panel of names on this memorial were published on December 16, 2016. You can view the close-up photographs here.]

For readers who take the time to scan the names, you will probably notice that unlike memorials for earlier wars there are a significant number of women listed on this memorial. Also, apart from the sheer number of names on the World War II memorial, one will note the wonderful ethnic diversity of the names in the list. And there are a number of obvious family members listed so that it appears several possible brother, father/son, and cousin combinations are listed.

My father is listed on the World War II memorial in Wallingford since he briefly attended a year of post-high school education at Lyman Hall in Wallingford before he entered Kings Point, the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Prior to 1957 what is the present Town Hall was the Lyman Hall High School. [1]  I previously posted a close-up of the section of names containing my father's listing here. This post will begin the transcription of the hundreds other names that are honored on the World War II memorial. The transcription posts will be submitted as part of Heather Rojo's wonderful Honor Roll project to create a searchable listing of all U.S. war veterans on memorials erected in this country. 

The World War II memorial on the grounds of the Wallingford Town Hall

The names of the men and women honored on the Wallingford World War II memorial with surnames beginning with A or B are as follows . . .

George C. Abbott, Jr.                    Thomas Abel                    Edward J. Achino
Harold Addy                                 Leroy Addy                      Charles D. Ahearn
Donald R. Ahearn                        Eugene T. Ahearn             John R. Ahearn, Jr.
Muriel Ahearn                              William J. Ahearn             Anne Aiello
Susan Aiello                                 Antonio G. Alagna           George Alagna
Edward J. Albuquerque                Elmer Alex                        Milton Alex
Raymond E. Allain                       Roy C. Allen                     Leonard J. Altieri
Einar J. Andersen                         Robert L. Andersen           David W. Anderson
Charles Andrade                          Andrew C. Andrews          Robert C. Andrews
Edward Angelo                            Louis E. Angelo                Carolyn Anthony
Harry F. Anthony, Jr.                   Roald L. Antinolfi              Anthony J. Antonucci
William Antunes                         Clarence F. Appell              Pierre Appell
Albert Ardo                                 Bernard A. Aristosky         Benjamin Arnold
Ford W. Arp, Jr.                           Joseph J. Arujo                  George Asman
Harold J. Atkinson                       George R. Audette            Charles L. Austin
Raymond A. Austin                     Charles B. Ayers                Russell Ayers, Jr.
Thomas R. Ayers                         William Ayers                    Marino Bacci
Gordon D. Backes                       Frank S. Backsa                 James C. Baggott
John A. Bai                                  John S. Bai                        John W. Bailey, Jr.
Charles Bakanas                          Frank Bakanas                   John C. Bakanas
Joseph A. Bakos                          Joseph Baksa                     Frank R. Ball
Albert E. Ballough                      Alex L. Ballough               Joseph R. Balon
Martin Balon                               Gerald Bampton                Hugh E. Bandecchi
Louis L. Banka                            Stanley P. Banka               William W. Banka
Joseph P. Barberino                     Peter Barberino, Jr.            Stephen J. Barberino
Paul R. Barbuto                           Joseph H. Bardon              Frank M. Barker
John C. Barker                            Florence E. Barnes             Joel P. Barnes
Charles Barney                           Leonard G. Baronowski     David J. Barry
Robert Barry                               George A. Bartek               George J. Bartek
Louis R. Bartek                          William J. Bartek                Alfred O. Bartel
Raymond J. Bartel                     Chandler H. Bartholomew  Harry L. Bartholomew, Jr.
George W. Bartlett                     Clifton E. Barton                 Michael N. Basarab
Stephen Basarab                         William J. Basarab             F.O. Donald Bates
George A. Bates                          Ruben Bates                       Alex L. Bayne
Joseph Bayne                              Paul Bayne                         John C. Beadle
Clifford L. Beaudoin                  Walter E. Beaudoin            George B. Beaumont
Harvey E. Beaumont                  Arthur E. Becker                Raymond Beecroft
Richard J. Belden                       Gordon Bellafronto            Malcolm J. Bellafronto
Charles E. Bellows, Jr.               Clarence W. Bellows          Robert E. Bellows
Stanley J. Bellows                      Erwin J. Benard                  James J. Benarro
Lawrence L. Benigni                  Durwood W. Bennett          Leigh C. Bennett
Malcolm O. Bennett                   Henry E. Benoit                  Edmund E. Benway
Joseph A. Benyi                         Carmen A. Berardesco        Paul S. Berceli
Charles W. Bercier                     Romeo A. Bernaby             Leo L. Bernardoni
Walter Bernat                              Edward B. Berry                Ralph Bertini II
Robert H. Bertini                        Pasquale Bia                       Stanley G. Biega
Victor J. Biega                            Charles E. Bingham           Julius A. Biro
Frank J. Bishop                          Joseph A. Bisi                     Joseph A. Bitel
Stanley Bitel                               Frank Blachowicz              Edwin L. Blaski
Henry J. Blaski                           Robert L. Blaski                 Waldemar E. Blaski
Betty Boehm                              Marc A. Bolduc                  William R. Bolton
Joseph O. Bonelly                      Richard A. Bongoll             Joseph P. Bonocchi, Jr.
William R. Bordeleau, Jr.          Anthony M. Borges             Richard J. Borghi
Frank J. Boryszewski                Francis X. Bossily               Russell W. Bowen
Walter D. Bowen                       Harry M. Boyarski              Gilbert D. Boyd
Robert B. Boyd                         Roger W. Boyd                    Hamilton F. Boyer
James J. Boylan                         John P. Boylan                    Albert Braga
Joseph Braga                             William F. Bramlett             Salvatore S. Brancato
Donald J. Brandt                        Michael J. Brassil               George J. Brauch
Robert E. Brayshaw                   Charles A. Breck                John F. Brennan
Thomas F. Brennan                    James H. Brenton               John F. Bresnock
Charles A. Bridgett                    Frank E. Bridgett                Nicholas E. Bridgett
William E. Bridgett                    Robert E. Brinley               William R. Brinley
Robert E. Bristol                        Lawrence Broe                    Earl E. Bronsord
Alice J. Brooks                           Edward C. Brooks, Jr.        Charles A. Brosnan
John J. Brosnan III                     Robert J. Brosnan               Charles E. Brown
Edward O. Brown                      Franklin A. Brown              James A. Brown
Robert W. Brown                       Walter E. Brunetti               George F. Bruton
James J. Bruton                          Leo R. Bruton                     Alex Bryda
Albert R. Buccy                         Allen Buck                          William G. Buckley
Stanley P. Budleski                    John H. Buffum, Jr.              Jacob Bugaichuk
Henry W. Buijnarowski             James J. Buijnarowski         Vincent A. Buijnarowski
Bronislaus M. Bukowski           Charles A. Bukowski           Edward J. Bukowski
Henry R. Bukowski                   Henry S. Bukowski              John J. Bukowski
Edward M. Bullock                   Henry J. Bundock                Howard G. Bundock
Roland F. Bundock                    John D. Buongirno              Kenneth A. Buongirno
Robert A. Buongirno                 Charles A. Burghardt          George J. Burghardt
John H. Burghardt                     Robert O. Burghoff             Willard L. Burghoff
Cecil O. Burnham                     Helen Burns                         William H. Buschel
Louis Butcher                           Steven Butcher                      George Butts
Alfred Buza                              John A. Buza                         Joseph E. Buza
Raymond F. Buza

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[1]  Lyman Hall (1724 - 1790) was born in Wallingford and served as a representative to the Continental Congress from Georgia.  He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and later served as a Governor of Georgia.

Photographs of the extensive list of names on the World War II memorial in Wallingford, Connecticut were provided to me for transcription by my cousin, Bruce O. Marquardt, of Wallingford.  This transcription contribution would not have been possible without Bruce's very kind and willing efforts to make sure I had legible photos from which to do the transcriptions.  THANK YOU BRUCE!
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Copyright 2016, John D. Tew
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  1. What a wonderful commitment to transcribe all these names, John! I'm cheering you on via the internet! Go, John!

    1. Thank you Heather! Such a wonderful project and you are due HUGE credit for devising it and expanding it as you have done.