The Town of New Milford has honored a resident who died in 1945 while fighting near Okinawa. A tree was planted on the Green this weekend in honor of Lt. Robert Peagler. His company’s machine gun jammed and he charged ahead alone, firing his rifle and tossing hand grenades. He killed six Japanese soldiers before he was cut down by a sniper’s bullet, and died on the battlefield. Peagler was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, an honor second only to that of Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award. Mayor Pete Bass says Steve Looney donated the tree. Emmonds Tree acquired the American Beech and planted it on the Green.