Easton in the Service—A Memorial Day Tribute

Note from Easton Courier editors: As we continue to honor and mourn those who have died while serving in the United States armed forces – and in light of Easton’s Memorial Day tribute to those who served during the Vietnam War – the Courier is featuring two previously published articles, Continue reading “Easton in the Service—A Memorial Day Tribute”

I’ll be Home for Christmas

The Final Chapter of the Historical Society of Easton’s Easton in the Service series.

In 1943, lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent took a poem written by song writer Buck Ram and turned it into one of the most popular Christmas songs ever recorded. In October of that year, Continue reading “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

Sacrifices & Obligations – Civilian Efforts During WWII

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s “Easton in the Service” Series.

A few weeks ago, we decided to visit the History Center at the Bridgeport Public Library in an effort to discover some information about a couple of our local WWII veterans that has thus far eluded us. Continue reading “Sacrifices & Obligations – Civilian Efforts During WWII”

It’s all in the Family

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s series Easton in the Service.

William (Bill) Charles Peters was born September 19, 1920, to Doctor Henry LeBaron Peters and his wife Marguerite. In 1912, Doctor Peters established the department of Pathology and Bacteriology at the Bridgeport Continue reading “It’s all in the Family”

High School Students Prepare for War – 1943

By 1943 the United States was in the midst of the Second World War. Its soldiers and sailors were spread around the globe and the people at home were banded together in an all-out effort to support our troops in any way they could. Rationing of everything from tires to gasoline, Continue reading “High School Students Prepare for War – 1943”

In Country – An Easton Marine’s Account of His Tour of Duty in Vietnam

Grab a cup of coffee or pour yourself a glass of wine and then take a few extra minutes to read the “In Country” story of Easton Marine Brian Lusebrink. Fighting a war halfway around the globe in the unhospitable jungles of Southeast Asia was unpleasant enough in its own right, but Continue reading “In Country – An Easton Marine’s Account of His Tour of Duty in Vietnam”

Good Morning Vietnam

As we continue with our Easton in the Service series, we are fortunate enough to have had one of our home-grown veterans approach us and offer a first-hand account of his time in the Marines Corps. Unlike some of the posthumous letters and journals we’ve been able to use in this Continue reading “Good Morning Vietnam”

Letters from Pete – Hugh Pedersen’s WWII Correspondence Home

Part Two of Hugh Pedersen’s recollections from the Second World War in the Historical Society of Easton’s continuing Series: Easton in the Service.

In a world with several methods of instant communication, it is almost hard to imagine a time when the only means of communicating Continue reading “Letters from Pete – Hugh Pedersen’s WWII Correspondence Home”

The Silver Fox – Hugh Pedersen’s Recollections of his Service during WWII

The Historical Society of Easton’s continuing Easton in the Service series.

My Son

Were he to die beneath a foeman’s hand

Loving life so, in some bleak, alien land

Help me dear God, that I may understand

Up hill or down, wherever I may tread

In peaceful ways, or under Continue reading “The Silver Fox – Hugh Pedersen’s Recollections of his Service during WWII”

Remembering Easton’s Lost Sons

It is fair to say that US senator Daniel Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran, was not a fan of the Memorial Day weekend.  For almost a quarter century, the legislator from Hawaii fought to have this national holiday reverted to its original date of May 30th as opposed to our Continue reading “Remembering Easton’s Lost Sons”

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