Corporal Nathan E. Hickok

Hickok, a Danbury native, was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Civil War for capturing a Confederate battle flag. In 1861, Hickok, 22, volunteered to serve in the Union Army. He was assigned as a sharpshooter to Company A in the 8th Connecticut Infantry. In June of 1864, Hickok was transferred to…

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First Lieutenant Lee R. Hartell

This memorial commemorates Danbury’s Lee R. Hartell, who was killed in battle in 1951 during the Korean War. For his bravery and courage, First Lieutenant Hartell was posthumously awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military recognition. He was the first and only Danbury Veteran to receive this prestigious award in the post-Civil…

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The War Memorial Time Capsule

The Time Capsule was buried in the year 2001 during the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the War Memorial. The Time Capsule will be unearthed at the 100th anniversary celebration in the year 2051. When it is opened, the contents of the Time Capsule should bring some of the history of the War Memorial to life.

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George A. McLachlan Photograph & Plaque

As first president of the War Memorial from 1946 to 1952, McLachlan spearheaded the efforts and guided the plans that erected the building as a pillar of honor to the dead and service to the living. The overwhelming success of the War Memorial is a fitting tribute to McLachlan, his dynamic leadership and untiring efforts…

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Daniel A. Garamella Photograph

A staunch supporter of the War Memorial since its early days, Garamella (1920-1985) was the personification of teamwork. Nicknamed “Coach” during his 22 years of service as Henry Abbott Technical School teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator, Garamella was asked to bring his leadership skills to the city’s Department of Public Works in 1980. In…

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