Home » Local News » Currently Reading:

Bill would name stretch of Route 151 in honor of local WWII hero

March 8, 2013 Local News 1 Comment
World War II veteran Peter P. Golec, born and raised in the Moodus section of East Haddam, gave his life in defense of our country and now there is a proposal – Proposed Bill No. 6044 – to rename a stretch of Route 151 in East Haddam to honor his service.  Rep. Melissa Ziobron holds a copy of a display of PFC's Golec's medals at a public hearing March 8, 2013. Contributed photo.

World War II veteran Peter P. Golec, born and raised in the Moodus section of East Haddam, gave his life in defense of our country and now there is a proposal – Proposed Bill No. 6044 – to rename a stretch of Route 151 in East Haddam to honor his service. Rep. Melissa Ziobron holds a copy of a display of PFC’s Golec’s medals at a public hearing March 8, 2013. Contributed photo.

World War II veteran Peter P. Golec, born and raised in the Moodus section of East Haddam, gave his life in defense of our country and now there is a proposal – Proposed Bill No. 6044 – to rename a stretch of Route 151 in East Haddam to honor his service.

On Friday, March 8,  the Connecticut legislature’s Transportation Committee held a public hearing on the bill proposed by State Rep. Melissa Ziobron on behalf of the Golec family and the general community.

Ziobron represents the 34th House District – East Haddam, East Hampton and a section of Colchester.

According to Rep. Ziobron, PFC Golec was drafted into the United States Army on July 9, 1941 just five months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After training in various locations, Golec was shipped overseas to England with the 4th Armored Division in December of 1943. After landing at Utah Beach, Golec fought from Normandy across France and was killed in action on Nov. 28, 1944 on the German border.

PURPLE HEART MEDAL medalsofamericandotcomGolec was a decorated soldier who earned a number of accolades, Ziobron said, including the prestigious Combat Infantry Badge and two Purple Hearts.

He was the son of Polish immigrants and was born and raised in Moodus, a section of East Haddam, CT. According to his family, Golec walked a particular stretch of Route 151 every day of his life prior to his military service.

The route of the Memorial Highway proposed to be renamed in Golec’s honor  runs along the same street he walked and where the family homestead still stands today – it bi-sects the end of Neptune Avenue, where the Baron-Smith-Golec Post 156 American Legion is located.

Due to a snow storm on Friday, Walter Golec, Peter’s nephew, was not able to make the trip to Hartford to attend the public hearing. However, Ziobron went before the Transportation Committee to ensure his testimony and his uncle’s story, was heard by the members.

“I am concerned that PFC Golec will not be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice and would like to recognize a member of the ‘greatest generation’ with this honor,” Ziobron said in a prepared statement. “It will shine as a light for those in the community, who may come here in the future, who do not know of PFC Golec or his contribution to our great country. It would be a tremendous honor for this hero’s sacrifice to live on.”

State Sen. Arthur Linares, who serves the 33rd Senate District, also submitted testimony in support of the bill honoring a hometown hero.

“Renaming part of Route 151 the ‘Private First Class Peter P. Golec Memorial Highway’ would be a fitting tribute to a member of ‘The Greatest Generation’ who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and the freedoms we so dearly cherish,” Sen. Linares said.

Posted March 8, 2013

Have a news item, event or Letter to the Editor you’d like posted on this news site? Simply send your information to editor@htnp.com and include your town in the subject line of your email. Please also include a phone number where you can be reached if there are questions. If you’re interesting in reaching our readers with information about your business, please email maheu@htnp.com  For daily updates on local and Connecticut news, “like” us on Facebook at HTNP News https://www.facebook.com/HTNPnews and find us on our NEW  Twitter page at HTNP News (@HTNPNews )

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Your ideas and words are easy to understand for anyone like me.

Comment on this Article:







Powered by sweet Captcha

Sponsors

Hometowns History

Political Views

Have Coffee With Your State Rep

download

State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …

Ziobron Attends 18th Annual Venture Smith Day

Venture_Smith_051_press3-200x200

East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 …

Perrotti Receives Public Funding

mimi-headshot-final-200x300

Mimi Perrotti, Democrataic candidate for the 34th House District; East Hampton, East Haddam and Westchester, is delighted to announce that she has been approved for public financing by the State …

Business

Town Seeking New Building Official

download

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter The Town of East Haddam is currently accepting applications for a new building official. According to their web site the position requires an individual with …

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

Foliage

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

Eddies&Ziobron

East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

Sponsors Directory

Archives