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Bear in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sgt. James P. Connor Memorial Circle

 
 
Sgt. James P. Connor Memorial Circle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Sgt. James P. Connor Memorial Circle Marker
Inscription. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, on January 12, 1919, James P. Connor entered the U.S. Army in January 1941. As a member of the 7th Infantry, 3rd Division, he was a participant in the amphibious landing at Cape Cavalaire in southern France. On August 15, 1944, Sgt. Connor was assigned to a battle patrol whose mission was to destroy enemy fortifications that threatened the troops that were coming ashore. Seriously wounded by a mine that killed his platoon lieutenant, Sgt. Connor refused medical aid and inspired the men to cross a mine-saturated beach under intense fire. Though wounded again, he led the patrol through nearly impregnable mortar concentrations. Despite receiving a third grave wound, which rendered him unable to stand, Sgt. Connor continued to give orders and direct the assault. Reduced to less than one-third of its original strength, the patrol took all their assigned objectives, successfully completing their mission, and saving many lives as a result. Discharged in 1945, Sgt. Connor returned to his native state, where he resided until his death on July 27, 1994. In recognition of his bravery, devotion, and sacrifice, Sgt. James P. Connor was awarded our Nation's highest military tribute, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
 
Erected 2002 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-126.)
Sgt. James P. Connor Graver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2000
2. Sgt. James P. Connor Graver Marker
He is buried in Delaware Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Section B, Row C, Plot 22.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.974′ N, 75° 44.472′ W. Marker is in Bear, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from Chesapeake City Road when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the Delaware Veteran's Cemetery on the right of the drive around the grounds. The cemetery is located near Summit Bridge off Rt. 896. Marker is in this post office area: Bear DE 19701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Poplar Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away); Welsh Tract (approx. 2.6 miles away); Locust Grove (approx. 3.2 miles away); Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Tablet (approx. 3.8 miles away in Maryland); C&D Canal Museum (approx. 3.8 miles away in Maryland); C & D Canal (approx. 3.8 miles away in Maryland); Pencader Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); Aiken's Tavern Historic District (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Photo of Sgt. James P. Connor. (Submitted on August 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCemeteries & Burial SitesHeroesMilitaryNotable EventsNotable PersonsWar, World II
 
Delaware Veteran's Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
3. Delaware Veteran's Cemetery
Pond in the cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
4. Pond in the cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,821 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 24, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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