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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.



Categories: General
Jim Shay

2 Responses

  1. Lisa Waldo says:

    Thank you Igor. It was my son that contacted the Senator for my father’s medals and today was an extremely proud day for our family, especially my mother. I wish we did this when dad was alive, but I know for a fact his spirit was there with us; he was standing right alongside his wife, while she accepted his medals of honor. Thank you to Senator Blumenthal and Mayor Finch for honoring our dad and all the men and women that fight to serve our country.

  2. igor says:

    Good, it’s too bad they have this late though. Congrats to his grandson for caring enough to make sure his grandfather was recognized.