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Chester Sadowski at Guadal Canal, cira 1943

Brightwood Hero's

This site is dedicated to the memory of the young men from the Brightwood Section of Springfield, Massachusetts who served in WWII.

The young men from Brightwood served their country on the home front and in all military Theaters of Operations (American Campaign, European – African – Middle Eastern Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign).  Although not everyone saw action, the truth is when they enlisted they had no idea what fate would bestow upon them.  Through serendipity or divine intervention their service brought some of them far from the battlefront.  As Tom Brokaw stated, "Not all of them were on the front line or even in a critical rear echelon position, but they were fused by a common mission and a common ethos".  No matter the role, they each brought honor to their country and pride to their families..