Bristol in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Bristol World War II - Korean War Monument
And To Honor
Those From Bristol
Who Served God
And Their Country
In World War II
[ left plaque ]
[ right plaque ]
Topics. This memorial monument is listed in these topic lists: War, Korean • War, World II.
Location. 41° 40.142′ N, 72° 55.954′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Memorial is on Memorial Boulevard Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol CT 06010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristol Vietnam Conflict Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristol Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hiker (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristol Korean War Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bristol World War I Memorial (about 300 feet away); Bristol Revolutionary War Plaque (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
More about this monument. WW II - Korean War Monument - Dedicated to Bristol on November 15, 1958, "To Remember and to Honor those from Bristol who served God and their Country in World War II and Korea. The names of 143 servicemen who died in WW11 and 13 servicemen who died while serving during the Korean War are listed on this monument.
The World War II / Korean War Monument was originally located on the Federal Hill Green and was dedicated on November 17, 1958. A plaque honoring Bristol servicemen who died in the Korean War was also part of this memorial. In 1973, the World War II / Korean Was Monument was moved to the Boulevard and placed near the brand new Vietnam War Monument which was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1973. This area of the Boulevard was named Veterans Memorial Park. On May 29, 1994, a larger Korean War Monument was added to the park. - John (Jack) Denehy, Memorial Military Museum Inc.
Regarding Bristol World War II - Korean War Monument. WW II - Korean War Monument - Dedicated to Bristol on November 15, 1958, "To Remember and to Honor those from Bristol who served God and their Country in World War II and Korea. The names of 143 servicemen who died in WW11 and 13 servicemen who died while serving during the Korean War are listed on this monument.
1- Although there were a number of Bristolites at Pearl Harbor, no one from Bristol was killed during the December 7, 1941attack
2- One West Point graduate is among the Gold Star names - Lt. Col. Clair M. Conzelman.
3- No Bristol servicewomen died
4- Two Bristol brothers were killed in the Italian Campaign - Rocco and Philip Testa who were the sons of Italian immigrants.
5- One member of the U.S. Coast Guard made the supreme sacrifice - MK3c Harold Rindfleisch. Radioman Edwin Ardenski was the only member of the Merchant Marine killed from Bristol. He died when his Liberty ship, S.S. Paul Hamilton, was hit and sunk by an aerial torpedo launched by a German JU-88 bomber. The flying torpedo was controlled remotely by the German bombardier. It was basically the first "smart bomb". Loss of life on the ship was the largest for a troop ship during WW II. Over 500 U.S. Army soldiers were aboard. All were killed and only one body was recovered. Ship sank in the Mediterranean.
6- Two popular high school science teachers were killed in World War II (Capt. Edmund P. Zibikowski and 1st Lt. Anthony P. Petrosky).
7- Only one Bristol serviceman captured by the Japanese during World War II survived his imprisonment. Three other U.S. Army POWs died in captivity, Lt. Col. Conzelman, 1st Lt. John Lynch, and Pvt. Philip W. Hoskins. A large number of Bristol servicemen survived the war while POWs of the Germans, most were airmen who were shot down over Germany or German occupied territories. However, Pfc. Ernest Bacon and Pvt. Richard Ensign were infantrymen captured during the Battle of
8- Fifteen of the 139 Bristol Gold Star servicemen were officers, five of whom were pilots and one was a navigator. One officer, Lt Wilbur Blakeslee, flew a Corsair fighter plane with the famed Marine Corps Black Sheep Squadron.
9- Two Bristol men died while serving with Commando-type units - Pfc. Edward Zeranski (Merrill's Marauders) and Ignacy Joseph Lazarski (Army Rangers).
(My Uncle Ignacy Joseph was a Ranger and was Killed at Anzio Italy. He served with Darby's Ranger and was in the African campaign finally died at Anzio. I know they also made a movie about The Devils Brigade. Joe lived in Bristol CT prior to leaving for the US Army. His brothers, Walter, Bernard, Albin, and John all served in the Army during WWII. My father John is the last of the boys. Submitted by Robert Lazarski 8/11/2008).
10- Many Bristol sailors and marines were aboard ships that were hit by deadly Kamikaze attacks during the Battle of Okinawa. Some were wounded, and one, Ltjg. John G. Foster, was killed when the destroyer USS Bush was hit by a Kamikaze on April 6, 1945.
11- Staff Sgt. Francis Duncan was killed in action in Germany on his twenty-third birthday - Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945.
12- RM2c Harold Aube, first name on the World War II Memorial, was lost when his destroyer, the USS Spence, capsized in the typhoon of December 18, 1945. Two other destroyers capsized in the typhoon and over nine hundred sailors were drowned. This was the worst non-combat loss of lives in the history of the US Navy.
13- Seven Bristol men died while serving with Bristol's National Guard unit, CO. C, 169th Inf. 1st Sgt. Robert Brandt, Capt. Louis Dainty, Joseph Guerin, Sgt. Ottomar Gurske, S/Sgt. Victor Mastrianni, T/Sgt. Thomas C. Poland, Jr., and James E. Sorenson, Jr. - John (Jack) Denehy, Memorial Military Museum Inc.
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