Today is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II.
There were 17 Connecticut men killed in the attack that day, including Hamden resident Edward Webb Gosselin, an officer of the United States Navy.
Gosselin was born on May 1, 1917, in Hamden and educated at Yale University. He was the son of Edward Napoleon and Florilla Helena (Webb) Gosselin. He enlisted as an Apprentice Seaman on Sept. 30, 1940 and was commissioned March 14, 1941.
Ensign Gosselin’s first duty station was the battleship USS Arizona. He reported on board on May 3, 1941 as an Engineer, and was on board the ship when she was sunk at Pearl Harbor. Ensign Gosselin was officially declared dead on Dec. 7, 1941.The other Connecticut men killed that day were:
- Henry Carlson, Norwich, Navy, USS Arizona
- Vincent M. Horan, Stamford, Army, Wheeler Army Airfield
- John Luntta, Canton, Navy, USS Nevada
- Henry Lanquette, Wallingford, Navy, USS Arizona
- W.T. O'Neill Jr., Stamford, Navy, USS Arizona
- Stanislaus Orzech, Meriden, Navy, USS Arizona
- Richard Patterson, Berlin, Navy, USS Arizona
- George Povesco, Bridgeport, Navy, USS Arizona
- Mike Quarto, Norwich, Navy, USS Arizona
- Thomas Reeves, Thomaston, Navy, USS California
- William Seeley, New London, Navy, USS Arizona
- Gordon H. Sterling Jr., West Hartford, Army Air Forces
- Felix Wegrzyn, Bridgeport, Army Air Forces, Hickam Field
- Ulmont Whitehead, Hartford, Navy, USS Arizona
- Eric Allen, Darien, Navy, Hickam Field
- George J. Smith, New Haven, Army Air Forces, Hickam Field