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LITERARY CORNER

Ahepans Publish Book on the Veterans of
Norwich, Connecticut
Two years ago, Ahepans of Rose of New England Chapter 110, Norwich, Conn., realized there
was no record of the veterans within the community who had served in the Armed Forces
during World War II; let alone anything about their service. Thus, they resolved to make a
proper record, setting aside chapter funds to finance such a research project.
After two years, the Brothers proudly announced their findings, compiling them in a book,
"A Story That Should Be Told." The book enables the reader to look up the names, pictures, and
military history of Norwich's veterans.
The book's findings revealed:
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There were 97 Greek American World War II-era veterans.
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A history of 27 Greek American World War I veterans.
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One Greek veteran of the Civil War.
Their research enabled the Ahepans to obtain
pictures of 88 World War II veterans in their uniforms,
and only eight or nine World War I veterans in uniform,
some dated from 1918.
Other notable facts of interest:
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Of the 97 World War II veterans, there were 16 sets
of two brothers; three sets of three and four brothers; and even one set of six brothers.
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One veteran of the U.S. Air Corps flew 46 combat
missions as a bombardier. On the scheduled day of
his next flight, he had to be hospitalized and missed
the mission. On that mission, his plane was shot down
and entire the crew died.
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Sixteen World War II veterans lived on the same block
in Norwich.
Another veteran was severely wounded in the last battle of the war, but a bullet could not be
removed and was embedded right next to his heart. Some 40 years later, he was driving through
Norwich when the bullet moved, and he died from the original wound.
Interesting sidebars about the Norwich community were also revealed during the research.
For example, there were at least 85 Greek-owned businesses in Norwich from the late 1800s
through to the 1960s.
Chapter 110 originally donated $10,000 to fund the book and the entire proceeds of the
book will be donated to the Holy Trinity Church of Norwich in memory of the veterans.

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