WWII

A selection of VFW Post 3272 Service Histories
Also includes non-VFW Post 3272 items from the Marion Hunter History Room.

An explanation on how to access this collection

Looking for a service history for a Post 3272 member from World War II?
We’ve locked these pages on our website as “Private.”
Please visit the library to access this part of the collection.

The Avon VFW maintains a military service history profile on its members. These profiles include service time, rank, geography, and a personal narrative. These binders are available at the Avon Library. A sample of the content appears below

If you would like to view these binders, or tour the collection virtually on a computer (which allows for keyword and location searching), please contact the Reference Department, who will connect you with a History Room Volunteer. 860-673-9712, or avonref@avonctlibrary.info.

Thank you.

SAMPLE HISTORY
Veteran Name and Picture, if available
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An explanation on the rest of the WWII collection

In addition to the WWII service histories from VFW Post 3272, the collection has photos, newsletters, and histories from Avon’s role in WWII.  These items are arranged in alphabetical order.

If you have details, identifications, or corrections for this part of the collection, please contact us.

Brief History of Convalescent Hospital for the Blind

Brief History of Old Farms Convalescent Hospital at Avon Old Farm School for Boys Avon, Connecticut
1944 – 1947

During the years of 1944-1947 something very important began in the small town of Avon, Connecticut. This is the story of how an idea turned into a reality that changed so many lives forever.

During WWII, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established plans for the rehabilitation of men disabled in combat. President Roosevelt emphasized a pro-active approach that the federal government, not private philanthropy, should assume primary responsibility for disabled veterans. Continue reading

The Avon Newsletter

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Avon Library, Katie Kukiolczynski, CCSU MA History graduate, was hired in 2017 to process, scan, and summarize the World War II newsletter collection with the Marion Hunter History Room of the Avon Library.

This collection consists of 14 resident-created newsletters spanning the years 1943-1946. The newsletters were intended for Avon soldiers, and were sent to them wherever they were stationed, either at home or abroad, as well as to their families in Avon. In addition to uploading the actual newsletters, Katie detailed military commendations and created highlights of each issue. Some of these highlights include personal accounts from soldiers experiences in battle, their military training, details of what it was like where they were stationed, and even their experiences to how drastically things changed after the war ended in places like Germany.

The newsletters also included some local town gossip and news for soldiers to stay up to date on current happenings around town, so Avon was always a part of them wherever they were. View the collection here.