×

Error

[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_SOURCE] Image source is expected to be a full URL or a path relative to the image base folder specified in the back-end but /memorials/CT/Groton/ is neither a URL nor a relative path to an existing file or folder.
[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_SOURCE] Image source is expected to be a full URL or a path relative to the image base folder specified in the back-end but /memorials/CT/Mystic/ is neither a URL nor a relative path to an existing file or folder.
[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_SOURCE] Image source is expected to be a full URL or a path relative to the image base folder specified in the back-end but /memorials/CT/NewLondon/USCG is neither a URL nor a relative path to an existing file or folder.
[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_SOURCE] Image source is expected to be a full URL or a path relative to the image base folder specified in the back-end but /memorials/CT/Norwich/ is neither a URL nor a relative path to an existing file or folder.
[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_SOURCE] Image source is expected to be a full URL or a path relative to the image base folder specified in the back-end but /memorials/CT/Pawcatuck/ is neither a URL nor a relative path to an existing file or folder.
[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_SOURCE] Image source is expected to be a full URL or a path relative to the image base folder specified in the back-end but /memorials/CT/Pawcatuck/flag is neither a URL nor a relative path to an existing file or folder.

August 22, 2017 - The great number of memorials and monuments in this area makes it difficult to describe with just two or three location visits. I hope I can return here and spend more time really learn the full history of New London from the American Revolution forward. 

Losea RichardCaptThe visits to New London memorials are dedicated to the memory of Capt Richard J Losea, USCG (Ret), a graduate of Old Lyme High School, here in New London. We sailed together from June of 1970 through the next year. He was a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1969. His first assignment was to USCGC SEBAGO (WHEC-42) and he joined the crew at Bangkok while the ship was on its Squadron 3 assignment in VietNam. 

He later commanded the USCGC Point Arena, the Pay and Personnel Center, and Coast Guard Group Office Milwaukee. He attended Navy Post Graduate School and the War College. After retirement he took a civilian on the joint staff at Department of Defense. 

The officers and enlisted that serve in the Coast Guard enjoy a relationship not usually known in the other services. Coasties are few in number and that gives us an opportunity to know one another more closely, to quickly ascertain the character of a shipmate. Rich Losea, even as a young Ensign and Lt Junior Grade, stood to serve with us as best he could, leading by example and living up to the motto, "Semper Paratus!" 

Fair winds, Shipmate, see you at the next ship's muster.

 

National Submarine Memorial

 
Thames St at Bridge St
Groton, New London County, Connecticut
 

Inscriptions

 

 

 "Dedicated to our Shipmates on Eternal Patrol”
 
 
"US Submarine Memorial
To perpetuate the memory of over 3600 gallant shipmates
who gave their lives aboard the 52 submarines
lost in World War II.
Dedicated by Submarine Veterans of World War II"
 
 
“In grateful memory of those submariners
who died in the service of their country during World War II.
They stand in the unbroken line of patriots
who have dared to die so that freedom might live.
Their final resting places are known only to the almighty.
Their family, friends, living shipmates, and future generations
should know they will always be remembered.
Walk softly, walk softly, stranger, you stand on hallowed ground.
December 7, 1941 – September 2, 1945"
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

War of The Rebellion Memorial

 
Broadway Ave at E Main St
Mystic, New London County, Connecticut
 

Inscriptions

 

 

 "Dedicated to the brave sons of
MYSTIC
who offered their lives to their
COUNTRY
in the War of the Rebellion
1861 - 1865
 
Antietam
Fort Hudson
Gettysburg
Drury's Bluff"
 
 
 

 

World War II Memorial

USCG Academy
New London, New London County, Connecticut
 

Inscription

 

 

 "SM 1/c Douglas A Munro
Medal of Honor
For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous
gallantry in action above and beyond
the call of duty
 
 
They gallantly gave up their lives
in defense of our country
 
USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14)
USS Cavalier (APA-4)
USS Leonard Wood (APA-12)
USS Callaway (APA-35)
USS Bayfield (APA-33)
USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)
USS Joseph T Dickman (APA-13)
USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25)
USS Cambria (APA-36)" 
 
 
"US Coast Guard Cutter
Alexander Hamilton
 
On January 29, 1942, after successfully rescuing the USS Yukon
from an angry winter storm and towing her through the high seas 
and U-Boat infested water of the North Atlantic, 
the Alexander Hamilton became the first American warship
lost in the Atlantic after the war with German was declared.
 
At 1312 hours a torpedo fired by the U-132 struck the
Hamilton amidship, killing all but one of the men on watch
in the boiler and engine rooms. Of the 213 men aboard
26 were killed and 10 wounded.
 
This tribute is to the officers and crew of the 
Alexander Hamilton. It is dedicated to our shipmates
who, their bodies never recovered, were the first
U.S. Coast Guard casualties in the declared
war with Germany in the Battle of The Atlantic.
 
Presented by the Alexander Hamilton Survivors Association
September 1993"
 
 
"In tribute to the officers and enlisted men 
of the United States Coast Guard who served aboard
destroyer escort vessels of the United States Navy
1943 - 1943
Their efforts and valor are an integral part 
of the history of naval warfare. This plaque is dedicated
to the memory of the vessels and the men who sailed in them.
Presented to the United States Coast Guard Academy
by the United States Coast Guard Destroyer Escort Sailors
1 November 1992."
 
 
 
 
"A 'Well Done' to the officers and men
who served aboard the patrol frigates
during World War Two.
Their deeds are evidence of the best traditions
of the United States Coast Guard
SEMPER PARATUS"
 
 
 
"THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
GREENLAND PATROL
1940 - 1945
 
The Greenland Patrol was the longest continuous
operation of the military forces of the United States during World War Two
 
Task Force 24.8
 
Dedicated from "Ice Brothers" - Sload Wilson
 
To the men of the Greenland Patrol
'Forgotten now, and little honored then, but still they'll
never have to wonder if they're  men.'
 
COMGREPAT
Argentia, Newfoundland - Bluie West One , Narsarssuak, Greenland
RADM Edward H Smith, USCG - RADM Earl G Rose, USCG"
 
 
 
 
 

 

Honor Rolls Memorial

 
Broadway Ave at Washington St
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut
 

Civil War

 

 

 "Civil War Soldier
 
The soldier's face is turned slightly to the left and bears an expression of thoughtfulness,
as if recalling to memory the scenes of the past struggle for libery and the Union.
 
Approximately 1300 Norwich men served during the Civil War,
1216 in the Army and 84 in the Navy. 156 Did not return alive. They served in 20 of 28 Connecticut infantry regiments, 2 heavy artillery regiments, 1 light battery, 1 cavalry regiment, and on U.S. Naval ships. Several served in other state regiments. They fought in 33 battles and engagements. Many were present at Appomattox, VA, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.
 
Brigadier General Daniel Tyler of Norwich was selected by Lt. General Winfield Scott, Commander of The U.S. Army to lead the northern advance with his division. They met the Confederate Army on July 18, 1861. The first major battle of the Civil War was known as Bull Run  by the Northerners and Manassas by the Southerners. The Confederate army won the battle."
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

POW/MIA  & Cold War Veterans Memorial

 
Broad St at Pawcatuck River
Pawcatuck, New London County, Connecticut
 

POW/MIA

 

 

 "In honor of the brave and courageous imprisoned during service to their country
May all those missing in action accounted for.
 
Erected by VFW Harley P Chase Post 1265
and Ladies Auxiliary   November 8, 1987" 
 
 

 

VFW Flag Memorial

 
Broad St at Pawcatuck River
Pawcatuck, New London County, Connecticut
 

Inscription

 

 

 "This site is dedicated to
 
The Flag of The United States
 
and the memory of the
men and women who,
by their unselfish patriotism,
have advanced the universal brotherhood of man
 
Proudly erected November 11, 1967
by
Harley P Chase Post 1265" 
 
 
 

 

Your assistance is needed

Can you offer a place to pitch my tent? One of the largest expenses of this tour is camping and lodging fees. I usually arrive at my campsite just before dusk and depart prior to 8:30 AM. Click on the "Contact" menu option to send me a message.