County Leg wants to recognize descendants of soldiers on 75th anniversary of D-Day
ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature next week will recognize the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and wants to acknowledge veterans and descendants of Orleans County men who were present for the invasion on June 6, 1944.
The Legislature meets at 4:30 p.m. on May 22 at the top floor of the County Clerks’ Building next to the County Courthouse.
Orleans County Historian Matthew Ballard and Nadine Hanlon, clerk of the Legislature, are compiling a least of local soldiers who fought at D-Day.
The list so far includes:
• PFC Clifford Williams – Killed on July 24, 1944 at Saint-Lô
• Pvt. John E. Rosenbeck – Killed on July 16 or 18, 1944 at Saint-Lô
• Pvt. James Campas – Killed on June 6, 1944 (listed as Erie County but born in Medina)
• Sgt. George Quinn
• Lt. William Barnum – Killed on July 14, 1944 at Saint-Lô (buried in Netherlands)
• Lt. John Butts – Killed on June 23, 1944 in Normandy (originally buried in Normandy, now at St. Mary’s in Medina), Medal of Honor recipient
• Kenneth Owen of Shelby – 82nd Airborne
• Donald Stirk of Albion – Combat Engineer, wounded
• Lt. Elwin Smith of Barre – Pilot who flew paratroopers in for initial invasion
• William Lattin – Glider Pilot, flying in bazooka team for engagement
Family of other local soldiers who were part of D-Day are encouraged to send service information and a photo to either Matt.Ballard@orleanscountyny.gov or Nadine.Hanlon@orleanscountyny.gov. Those who plan on attending the Legislature meeting on May 22 are encouraged to let Hanlon know. She can be reached by email or at (585) 589-7053.
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