Members of American Legion Post 2, Seicheprey, Bristol, Conn. - who were also members of the Korean Veterans Association along with being trustees of the Bristol Military Museum - worked for years to honor Brig. Gen. Edward Wozenski. They enlisted the aid of the City of Bristol, Bristol Historical Society, the City of Bristol historian and volunteers of the Jack Denehy Military Museum, working through the Bristol Veteran’s Council put together something special to honor the man and friend.
Wozenski was the highest-decorated soldier from Bristol. His decorations include two Distinguished Service Crosses, two Silver Stars and the Bronze Star. He also received the Commendation Medal, Belgium Fourragere, French Fourragere, Fourragere in Military Medallion, French Croix-de-Guerre with Bronze Star, American Overseas Medal, six overseas bars, European-African-Middle East campaign ribbons and Presidential Unit citations.
He has been mentioned in several famous books about World War II, including “Invasion Diary” and “The Longest Day.”
“He was in battle for 443 days; the fact that he survived is incredible considering the casualty rate,” said the Denehy VP of the military museum. “During his service, he provided outstanding leadership. He is recognized worldwide, including at the Imperial War Museum in London. We wanted to do something to honor him in his hometown of Bristol, Conn.”
Wozenski led troops throughout World War II. He led troops on D-Day across the beach. During the Korean War he commanded troops in Germany. He went on to become commander of the Connecticut National Guard.
The group dedicated a monument to Wozenski on Bristol Memorial Blvd. in his honor along with renaming one of the cross streets on Memorial Blvd. in his name. The Department of Connecticut Color Guard presented the colors and the Bristol Police Department helped uncover the new street sign. A local group sang a number of songs he loved. A special plaque was also presented to the Bristol Military Museum and now hangs on the wall in his memory at the Bristol Historical Society, where the museum is located.
Family members from across the nation attended the event.