BRISTOL – The Mum Festival Committee, resident Neal Supranovich and Bristol Public Library have identified 4,742 names of individuals who enlisted from Bristol for World War II. All Bristol World War II veterans are being honored as Hometown Hero at this year’s Mum Festival Sept. 19 through 22.
In late July, Supranovich announced he would attempt to find more than 500 missing Bristol World War II Veterans. At that time, he knew of 4,170 names. However, according to a book he had borrowed from City Historian Bob Montgomery, “Bristol at War,” more than 4,700 people had signed up from Bristol.
“After much research from the Hometown Hero group, they now have 4,742 names of individuals who enlisted from Bristol for World War II,” said Supranovich on Tuesday. “The names are printed, all 4,742, on two boards located at the Bristol Public Library. The list is donated by the American Legion, Post 2, Bristol.”
However, Supranovich said there may still be more names to be found.
“What is missing is those who served in World War II and after the war moved to Bristol,” he said. “We have been unable to find any record of them.”
The decision to honor all Bristol World War II veterans, Supranovich said, ties in with the Mum Festival’s theme of “growing together.”
“The World War II veterans are not just being honored because of the fact that they were in the war,” he said. “They are also being honored for what they did when they came home. They had families, started businesses and got involved in government at the state and city level. They built Bristol. That’s what we’re trying to honor.”
People who are curious about whether a name is on the list or not are asked not to call the library. Instead, they are asked to stop in and check the board. Those who have found a name to be missing can Scott Stanton at 860-584-7787, ext. 2007 to have the name added.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.