Heroes’ Families to be Found

Do You Know Any Family Members of These Fallen Heroes?

We need your help!
The Milford Medal of Liberty committee is actively searching for the next of kin of fourteen Milfordians who were killed in action during World War II and the Korean War so we can present a Medal of Liberty to each of their families this year. The names of these fallen heroes are listed alphabetically.

  • Sergeant Robert A. Craddock (U.S. Army), born February 11, 1913 and died March 26, 1945.
  • Private First Class Anthony Grudinsky (U.S. Army), born November 26, 1922 and died February 3, 1945.
  • Second Lieutenant John G. Hising, Jr. (U.S. Army), born July 5, 1917 and died November 26, 1943.
  • Private Orville W. Lapham (U.S. Army), born in 1916 and died June 12, 1944.
  • Private First Class Lester C. Lavoie (U.S. Marine Corps), born July 2, 1928 and died September 21, 1950.
  • Oscar A. Lundgren, born in 1897 and died May 10, 1944.
  • Private First Class Hiram J. Philpot (U.S. Army), born March 28, 1907 and died August 19, 1944.
  • Private First Class Thomas F. Rogers (U.S. Army), born February 2, 1923 and died May 12, 1944.
  • Staff Sergeant Harold W. Rogerson (U.S. Army), born February 16, 1916 and died December 27, 1944.
  • Hospital Corpsman James V. Rooney (U.S. Navy), born December 20, 1931 and died July 8, 1953.
  • Corporal David H. Rubenstein (U.S. Army), born April 3, 1925 and died July 4, 1944.
  • Private First Class Theodore J. Tusoni (U.S. Army), born March 8, 1924 and died December 12, 1944.
  • Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Von Flatern, Jr. (U.S. Army), born May 11, 1925 and died November 11, 1944.
  • Staff Sergeant Harold I. White (U.S. Army), born December 11, 1916 and died April 11, 1945.

If you know any of these brave men’s family members (spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, or cousins), please contact one of the following committee members:

Information and questions can also be emailed to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com. Please type “Medal of Liberty” in the Subject line.