Two Danbury veterans whose unclaimed remains were in the possession of Green Funeral Home have been honored by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. Naval Clerk Jack Andrew Lunich and Airman 3rd Class George Duefield were both posthumously awarded the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal.
They were then honored with a full military burial at the State Veterans Cemetery.
VA Commissioner Sean Connolly says these two men served their country and the ceremony today epitomizes how no veteran will be forgotten in life, or in death. Prior to the interment ceremony, a public service was held at the Green Funeral Home in Danbury for the Service members.
Jack Andrew Lunich, of Danbury, was born in Campbell, Ohio on October 13, 1931. He enlisted in the United States Navy on November 14, 1950 and served as a stock clerk in support of the famous VP-24, Patrol Squadron, affectionately known as “The Batmen”. Their mission was to perform patrol, anti-submarine warfare, and rescue operations across the eastern seaboard. Following a successful tour of duty, Lunich was honorably discharged on 10 September 1954 after completing nearly four years of active duty. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal.
George Louis Duefield, of Danbury, was born in Oxford, Massachusetts on February 28, 1938. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 15, 1955 and served as an airman with the 124th Support Squadron, Strategic Air Command, Larson Air Force Base at Moses Lake, Washington. Their Cold War mission was one of deterrence throughout the northern Pacific. After two years of active duty, Airman 3rd Class Duefield was honorably discharged on March 23, 1957. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal.