Widow of WWII veteran to receive his medals

Today, on Veterans Day, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will present military honors to Elena DelGrande, the widow of  World War II veteran Joseph DelGrande, of Bridgeport.

The Bridgeport World War II Memorial is located downtown next to McLevy Hall.

The Bridgeport World War II Memorial is located downtown next to McLevy Hall.

Mrs. DelGrande will accept the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Silver Star, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, and the World War II Victory Medal on behalf of Mr. DelGrande.

Joseph DelGrande, wasa member of the 20th Air Force Command, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bombardment Squadron.

DelGrande’s grandson contacted Blumenthal’s office in July after he and his family watched a TV show about veterans obtaining lost medals.

After the National Personnel Records Center verified DelGrande’s records in September, the Air Force sent Blumenthal’s office the medals for presentation.

The ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. today at Col. Mucci Memorial Green, McLevy Hall, corner of Broad Street & State Street, Bridgeport.

The memorial is named after Bridgeport native Henry A. Mucci.

In 1945, Col. Mucci, led the raid that rescued 500 survivors of the fall of Corregidor and the Bataan Death March from a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines.

He died in 1997 at age 88.

 

 

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Jim Shay