Darien in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Oscar E. Peck
In Memory Of
Oscar E. Peck
Dedicated – 2012
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Powder Boy – U.S. Navy – U.S.S. Varuna
“For conspicuous gallantry and intredidity
at risk of life above and beyond the call
of duty in action against the enemy.”
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 41° 4.119′ N, 73° 28.784′ W. Marker is in Darien, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Memorial is at the intersection of Post Road (U.S. 1) and Hecker Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Post Road. Located in Spring Grove Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41 Hecker Avenue, Darien CT 06820, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spring Grove Cemetery Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Darien Civil War and World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile Darien World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Darien Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Darien Combat Wounded Veterans Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Darien (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ring’s End Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rowayton Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
Regarding Oscar E. Peck. Oscar Peck was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions aboard the USS Varuna at the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip south of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1862 when he was only 14 years old.
Peck's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Peck served as second-class boy on board the Varuna during an attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862. Acting as powder boy of the after rifle, Peck served gallantly while the Varuna was repeatedly attacked and rammed and finally sunk. This was an extremely close-range action and, although badly damaged, the Varuna delivered shells abaft the Morgan's armor.
Also see . . .
1. Oscar E. Peck on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 12, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. USS Varuna on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 12, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 3. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.