Patrick L. Kessler, Middletown
Kessler, 22, was killed in action on May 25, 1944, near Ponte Rotto, Italy. On Jan. 4, 1945, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and is buried at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown. He has a school named for him at Ft. Stewart, Ga., dedicated in 2007.
Tony Stein, Dayton
Stein, 23, of Dayton, was killed in action on March 1, 1945, in Iwo Jima near the end of World War II. He was awarded a Medal of Honor for saving members with Company A 1st Battalion, 28th Marine Division. Stein was originally buried in the 5th Division Cemetery in Iwo Jima. His remains were later returned to the U.S. and buried at Calvary Cemetery on Dec. 17, 1948. In 1970, a ship in his name, USS Stein Destroyer Escort-1065, was launched in December 1970 and decommissioned on March 19, 1992. She was subsequently transferred to the Mexican Navy and renamed the Armada República Mexicana Ignacio Allende, abbreviated ARM Allende.
James Richard Ward, Springfield
Ward, 20, was killed in action on Dec. 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield. His sister, Miss Marjorie Ward, sponsored a naval ship, USS J. Richard Ward Destroyer Escort-243, that was named for him and commissioned July 5, 1943. It was decommissioned June 13, 1946, and was last berthed in Texas as part of the Reserve Fleet and sold for scrapping on April 10, 1972.