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Citizens of Chicopee Remember World War II

 
 
Citizens of Chicopee Remember World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 19, 2012
1. Citizens of Chicopee Remember World War II Marker
Inscription.
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This monument dedicated by the citizens of Chicopee in honor of all who served in the armed forces of the United States during World War Two. This emblem with the spread eagle was awarded to all honorably discharged service personnel. The small lapel pin was proudly worn by all veterans. It was and is still called "The Ruptured Duck" by all World War Two veterans.

Pedestal around the globe
Let us keep forever living the freedom for which they served

Panel 1
U.S. Army
PACIFIC THEATRE
Pearl Harbor Philippine Island Dec. 08-1941
China-Burma-India Aleutian, Gilbert Marshall
Islands Leyte Okinawa Guadalcanal
Sailing to invade Japan 1945

EUROPEAN THEATRE
Algeria-French Morocco Nov. 08-1942 Tunisia
Sicily Naples-Foggia Italy Surrendered Sept. 08-1943
Salerno Anzio Monte Cassino Rome Normandy
D-Day June 06-1044 Battle of the Bulge Paris
Rhineland Berlin Germany Surrendered May 08-1945
End of WWII in Europe
Soldiers 8,267,958 Lost 234,874 109 from Chicopee


Panel 2
U.S. WOMEN'S ARMY
AUXILIARY CORPS

(WAAC) 05-1942 Became Women's Army Corps (WAC)
07-01-1943 150,000 enlisted 8,000 served in Europe
5,500 in the Pacific
Became part of
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Regular Army 10-20-1978
U.S. ARMY
NURSE CORPS

60,000+ served in every theatre of war
Landed in North Africa & Europe
200+ lost their lives


Panel 3
U.S. MARINE CORPS
MAJOR EVENTS
Pearl Harbor Wake Island Bataan Corregidor
Guadalcanal Makin Raid New Georgia Choiseul Raid
Bougainville Tarawa Cape Gloucester Roi Namur
Eniwetok Talasea Emirau Saipan Guam Tinian
Peleliu Philippines Iwo Jima Okinawa
Occupied Japan 08-30-1945 & China 09-30-1945
Served 475,604 Lost 24,511 8 from Chicopee


Panel 4
U.S. MARINE CORPS
WOMEN'S RESERVE
Established 06-30-1942 20,000 served
State Side & Hawaii
Demoblized 09-01-1946


Panel 5
U.S. NAVY
Patrol Atlantic Ocean Sept. 1939-May 1945
Pearl Harbor Dec. 07-1941 Coral Sea
Aleutian Islands Midway Philippine Sea Leyte
Took part in every invasion in all theatres
of war. WWII ended when Japan signed surrender
papers aboard the U.S.S. Missouri Sept. 02 1945
Sailors 3,380,817 served Lost 157 ships & 36,950 men
45 from Chicopee
U.S. Merchant Marine lost 866 ships & 6,895 men
2 from Chicopee


Panel 6
U.S. NAVY
WAVES
Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed
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3. Panel 1
an order
on 07-30-1942 creating the Women Accepted
for Volunteer Service - WAVES - serving
at all naval stations in the USA & in Hawaii
more than 100,000 served

U.S. NAVY
NURSE CORPS
14,000 served state side & the Pacific islands
Bataan Corregidor Iwo Jima Okinawa

Panel 7
U.S. COAST GUARD
Activated 11-01-1941 Became part of the Navy
Took part in every European & Pacific invasion -
Manned 351 Navy ships 288 Army vessels
802 cutters
231,000 served with 1918 casualties 2 from Chicopee
Returned to the Treasury Dept. 01-01-1946

Panel 8
U.S. COAST GUARD
WOMEN'S RESERVE CORPS (SPARS)

More than 10,000 served state side.
& in Alaska & Hawaii
Organized 11-23-1942 Demobilized 06-30-1946


Panel 9
UNITED STATES ARMY
AIR FORCE
Created June 20, 1941 by Gen. George C. Marshall
Divided into 16 numbered Air Forces
Stationed around the world
5 continental USA 7 Pacific 4 Europe
Flew missions in every theatre of war
Dropped men, equipment & supplies in all invasions
B-29 dropped the "A" bombs Aug. 6-9, 1945
on Hiroshima & Nagasaki ending World War II

Panel 10
WOMEN'S AIR FORCE
SERVICE
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By Lee Hattabaugh, April 19, 2012
4. Panel 2
PILOTS (WASPS)
Formed 08-1943
Other women groups in Air Force
Women's Aux Ferrying Squadron (WAFS)
Formed 09-1942
U.S.A.A.F AIRWAC'S 07-01-1943
1,074 women ferried new planes
& flew target planes
38 lost their lives

 
Erected 1995.
 
Location. 42° 8.868′ N, 72° 35.598′ W. Marker is in Chicopee, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Bonneville Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicopee MA 01013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Korean War Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Civil War Memorial ( within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial ( within shouting distance of this marker); Frank J Szot Memorial Park ( about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Girls and Boys of Bemisuwka ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Szot Memorial Park Fountain ( approx. mile away); Cabotville Canal ( approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicopee.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
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10. Panel 8
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11. Panel 9
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12. Panel 10
The Ruptured Duck image. Click for full size.
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13. The Ruptured Duck
Citizens of Chicopee Remember World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 19, 2012
14. Citizens of Chicopee Remember World War II Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 464 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on April 25, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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