Friday, December 16, 2016

Wallingford, CT World War II Honor Roll -- close-up photos Part 1 (December 16, 2016)

In my blog post of November 10, 2016, I contributed to the 2016 call for additions to the Honor Roll project of Heather Rojo.  My contribution for Veterans Day 2016 was to begin the process of transcribing the hundreds of men and women from the Wallingford, Connecticut area who served their country during World War II (my father being among them).

As the above photograph of the WWII memorial on the grounds of the Wallingford Town Hall illustrates, there are seven panels each with triple columns of the names of those who served. My 2016 Veterans Day post covered many, but not all, of the names listed on the first panel. The names are in alphabetical order across the entire seven panels and the first panel contains all the surnames beginning with A through B and some of those beginning with C.  

While my post of November 10th transcribed and listed all the names on the first panel from George C. Abbott, Jr. to Joseph E. Buza -- 244 names all together -- I stated in the post that I intended to take several blog posts in the future to publish the close-up photographs of the memorial panels from which I worked. This is the first of the panel close-up photographs that will be published as follow-ups to the name transcriptions . . . and this is the process that will be followed for the remaining six panels over time in order to keep the transciption posts to a manageable size.

I am very indebted to my cousin, Bruce Marquardt of Wallingford, for so willingly photographing the panels in close-up for me after my efforts to do so failed.  Thank you Bruce!

The following six close-ups cover the first panel of names on the Wallingford WWII memorial. Please note that in order to be sure all names were photographed, the photos overlap and some names are therefore shown twice and can thus be used to orient the precise order of the names from Abbott to Buza.  The alphabetical order flows down the first column and then up to the top of the second column and finally up to the top of third column on the first panel. The surnames starting with B end in the third column of the third close-up photo below and then some surnames beginning with the letter C (so far untranscribed in a blog post), are shown in photos three through six in the third column. To follow the complete list of surnames from A through B in alphabetical order, you will have to look at the first column in each close-up from photo one through six, then go back to photo one and follow the alphabetical order of surnames in column two down through photo six.  Finally, go back up to photo one and follow the third column of surnames down to photo three where the B surnames end and the C surnames begin with the name Cachucho

Photo No. 1 ( Memorial Panel 1)

Photo No. 2 ( Memorial Panel 1)

Photo No. 3 ( Memorial Panel 1)

Photo No. 4 ( Memorial Panel 1)

Photo No. 5 ( Memorial Panel 1)

Photo No. 6 ( Memorial Panel 1)

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All close-up photographs of the first panel of the WWII memorial are by Bruce Marquardt of Wallingford, Connecticut.

Photo of the entire memorial is by the author.
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Copyright 2016, John D. Tew
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