Brookhaven/South Haven Honor Rolls  

Memorial Triangle Park, Brookhaven, NY

At the intersection of South Country and Fire Place Neck roads in the hamlet of Brookhaven, NY, is a small triangular shaped park commemorating  residents of the community  who have served their country in our Nation's wars.

A memorial cannon was place in the park after the end of the the Great War (World War I).  A record of when it was actually placed there has not been found, although most likely it was 1920.  The cannon is a Model 1885 3.2-inch breech-loading field rifle, nicknamed “the grasshopper.”  It was manufactured in 1887.  A detailed report on the cannon may be found   HERE.

A plaque honoring those who participated in the war was added in 1920/23.  While the plaque is dated 1920, minutes of the Brookhaven Village Improvement Association (now Brookhaven Village Association) indicate that it was not actually dedicated until July 4, 1923.

 A chain from the "Bessie A. White" which sank off Smith Point in 1922 was added as a fence in 1932-1933.

 After World War II and subsequent military actions—Korea, Vietnam, Iraq/Afghanistan—additional plaques honoring local resident's participation were erected. 

In 2014, a project sponsored by the Fire Place History Club, Brookhaven Village Association, Brookhaven Fire Department, and the Post Morrow Foundation was initiated to honor community members who participated in earlier wars—the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War; this plaque was dedicated on Memorial Day, 2015. 

The site is now the location of the Hamlet's annual Memorial Day ceremonies.

More on the history of the Memorial Triangle Park site may be found HERE.

Names in RED are linked to entries the Hamlet People database
[ds] = Died in service

Four War Plaque
Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War

Four Wars PlaqueFour Wars Plaque Dedication








Dedication of Four Wars Plaque
Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War Dedicated Memorial Day,
May 25, 2015






YouTube
Four Wars Dedication Speech by John Deitz
Press Release
Press Release by Suffolk County New York Legislator Kate Browning
Long Island Advance
Article, Long Island Advance, June 4, 2015

Arguably, our nation's history began with the battle at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 - the beginning of the Revolutionary War. By then most residents of Fire Place, which was Brookhaven and South Haven hamlets name at the time, were already on board the movement toward independence. A year earlier there had been a meeting at the South Haven Meeting House where they voted to support the unification of the colonies and to boycott Great Britain. And when war broke out, those who could serve joined the patriots under George Washington’s leadership.

One such man was Lt. Thomas Rose, who died during his military service, on April 3, 1780. It is unknown if he was killed in action. Lt. Rose served with his brothers, Captain Nathan Rose Jr. and Jessie Rose, and their nephew, Nathan Rose Barteau. Their ancestors were the first verifiable settlers on Fire Place Neck.

Another commemorated veteran of the Revolution was Richard Corwin, whose house still stands at 408 South Country Road. He was a personal aide to General George Washington. Corwin was present at the battle of Yorktown and the surrender of Cornwallis. Washington once tested his fidelity as a guard by attempting to pass him in the night but Corwin would not allow Washington to pass. Corwin’s son, Richard Jr., was a veteran of the War of 1812.

Thanks to a grant obtained by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, four groups – the Brookhaven Village Association, Post Morrow Foundation, Fire Place History Club and Brookhaven Fire Department – worked to install a plaque at the memorial park commemorating the veterans of our nation’s four earliest wars—the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish American War.

Revolutionary War

While we have attempted to provide as complete a listing as possible of those residents of Brookhaven and South Haven hamlets who were in the military during the Revolutionary War, it needs to be emphasized that official records of the period are often vague, including residency (for example, residency was often given as "Suffolk County" and there were multiple individuals with the same names).  While there is little doubt that the citizens of the Town of Brookhaven "at South" were overwhelming supportive of the independence effort, during most of the war period Long Island was under British occupation, and local militias were disbanded.  In addition to the entries in Hamlet People database , the page Discussion of Revolutionary War Patriots in Brookhaven and South Haven Hamlets provides summary information, including documentation for those who were investigated but subsequently rejected.

FRANCIS BARTO (BARTEAU)
[ds] STEPHEN BARTO (BARTEAU)
NATHAN ROSE BARTOW (BARTEAU)
RICHARD CORWIN (i)
ZACHARIAH HAWKINS
MORDECAI HOMAN (ii)
MORDECAI HOMAN (iii)
JONATHAN HOWELL
BARNABAS RIDER
REV. DAVID ROSE "PRIEST ROSE"
JESSE ROSE
NATHAN ROSE, JR.
THOMAS ROSE
JOSEPH SWEZEY
DANIEL TERRY

War of 1812

RICHARD CORWIN (ii)
JEPTHA AVERY WILKINSON

 

Civil War

We have attempted to provide as complete a listing as possible of those residents of Brookhaven and South Haven hamlets who were in the military during the Civil War.  However, as with the Revolutionary War, it needs to be emphasized that official records of the period are often vague, including residency (for example, residency was often given as "Suffolk County" or "New York"),  there were multiple individuals with the same name, and name spellings are particularly ambiguous and variable. 

In order to be as complete as possible, all males found in the 1860 census of Brookhaven and South Haven hamlets of an age that they could have possible been in the military during the Civil War were researched.  To see report, click here (pdf). 

In addition, other individuals who may not have been a resident of the hamlets immediately prior to the war, but who were residents of the hamlets after the war and for whom their family history revealed military participation in the war were included.

The research included a review of several other important compilations of Civil War Veterans, particularly:   the Town of Brookhaven entries in New York, Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War: 1866 New York Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865; and the compilation found in Munsell's Suffolk Co. History: 1882.

EBENEZER ALBIN
WILLIAM CARLL
DANIEL CARTER
[ds]ELIAS THOMPSON COOPER
SAMUEL DRUMMOND
WILLIAM FRASER
JONAS GILDERSLEEVE
ALFRED CONKLIN HAWKINS
[ds]AZARIAH FRANKLIN HAWKINS
CHARLES AUGUSTUS HAWKINS
GEORGE M. HAWKINS
FREDERIC HEDGE
WILLIAM WARREN HULSE
BYRON MILES
GILBERT MILLER
SILAS HENRY MOORE
[ds]HORATIO MOTT
ELBERT B. ROSE
GEORGE W. RULAND
HENRY SCHOONMAKER
STEPHEN BROWN SANXAY
[ds]GEORGE R. SMITH
JOSIAH SMITH
CHARLES E. SNOW
[ds]MOSES SWEZEY
STEPHEN JARVIS SWEZEY
ALBERT WILKINSON

Spanish-American War

JOHN BOND

 

World War I

HAROLD M. BALLARD
ANDRE BERNARD
[ds]STEPHEN BROWN
JOSEPH HOWARD CARMAN
CHARLES MALCOLM FRASER
CLIFFORD LEROY HAWKINS
M. VERNON HAWKINS
ROLF T. MICHELSEN SR.
THOMAS IRWIN MORROW JR
EDWIN J. MORTON
NORMAN FAIRLIE NELSON JR.
CHESTER SMITH
CLINTON M. SMITH
AUGUST LOUIS STARK JR.
FLETCHER WALLING SWEZEY

‡ Name does not appear on the WW I Brookhaven Hamlet Memorial Plaque.  See name link entry for reference & text.

WW I Memorial Plaque
Great War Plaque
(First World War)

World War II  1941-1945

World War II Memorial Plaque
World War II Plaque

Patchogue Advance, 22 May 1952, p. 1

Memorial Day Planned; Plaque to Be Dedicated

 Helen M. Ewing

BROOKHAVEN — Arrangements for the usual Memorial day observances here are being planned by Post 8137, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and this year there will be an especially interesting event.

It is expected that the bronze plaque, bearing the names of pome 70 people who served in the armed forces during World War II, which has been arranged for by the VFW and made possible by the Brookhaven Village association, will be ready and will be dedicated on that day. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremonies at the village park at 9:30 a. m. Participants in the parade are to be at the firehouse at 9 a.m.

Among those who have been invited to join with the VFW are the fire departments of Brookhaven, Bellport, Hagerman and Yaphank; the Bellport High school band; the South Bay Post VFW color guard; the school children of Brookhaven and Southaven ; the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies. Ralph B. Maust is commander of the post and Charles B. Foster is chairman of arrangements for Memorial day.

—ARMY—

WILLIAM E. ANDERSON. JR
[ds]PAUL BALLARD
DONALD BARRY
EDWARD "BRUCE" BREWSTER BARTEAU
ROCCO BELMONT
EARL BISHOP
GEORGE MAYNARD BISHOP, JR.
JACK BISHOP
ELLSWORTH BROWN
CLIFFORD J. BUBB
MARSHALL BULL*
WILLIAM CHRIST*
EDWARD CORNELL
[ds]LAWRENCE COSTA
ALLAN DAVIS
ROBERT BARR DEANS
CHARLES ENGLEHARDT
FRANCIS [Toddy] ENGLEHARDT
CHARLES FOSTER
[ds]PAUL FRUCHTNICHT
FREDERICK JOSEPH GILLESPIE
STANLEY W. GRODESKI
H. NICHOLAS HANSEN
JAMES POST HUBERT SR.
HOWARD HUNTER
[ds]ANTHONY J. IAROCCI
MATISLAUS KALINOWSKI
STEPHEN J. KALINOWSKI
STANLEY KALINOWSKI
[ds]LAWRENCE KINSELLA

ROBERT C. KIP
RICHARD J. LYONS
JOHN MATUSZAK
WILLIAM MAURER
ARNE MICHAELSEN
ANDERS F. MYNR
GEORGE NESBITT
EUGENE POLICASTRO
ARNOLD RADDER
RAYMOND E. RATHKAMP
ROBERT N. REID
PAUL G. REQUE
GINO ROBBIANO
GEORGE ROCKWELL
ARNOLD ROSE*
MARTIN SAUTTER
BENJAMIN SAVAGE
GEORGE M. SHELTON
CHARLES SMITH
GEORGE WILLIAM STARKE
FREDERICK J. STRIER, JR.
CHARLES THOMPSON
GEORGE TUCKER
GEORGE E. WALDRON
ROBERT E. WAYTE
JOHN G. WNENTA
STANLEY W. WNENTA
JOHN ZACHARY
GEORGE ZUKOWSKI

* Name does not appear on the WW II Brookhaven Hamlet Memorial Plaque.  See name link entry for reference & text.

—NAVY—

LEROY J. ALEXANDERSON
THEODORE ARTHUR
WILLIAM FLOYD CARMAN, JR.
FRANK CHAMPLAIN
PHILIP CHAMPLAIN
ANTHONY CORNELL
CLAIRE L. DECKER
CHARLES OREAN
KENNETH HARD
HARRY H. HEINRICHS
ARTHUR KAUFMANN
ANTHONY KORNON
ROBERT H. LYONS, JR.
JOHN J. McAVOY
HARRY MURCH
ROBERT ROBINSON
JOHN C. ROCHESTER
BENSON O. SMITH
JOSEPH SMITH
ROBERT W. STARKE
RALPH TAYLOR

—MARINE CORPS—

GEORGE H. ROBINSON, JR.

—OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (O.S.R.D.)—

DENNIS PULESTON

Korean and Vietnam Wars



Korean and Vietnam War Plaque

Korean War 1950-1955

JOHN AMEL
ALEXANDER S. BARBANELL
WALTER COHRS, JR.
[ds]JOHN MITCHELL EWING JR.
WALTER L. KALINOWSKI
HAROLD LYONS, SR.
FRANK MOSCATO
JOSEPH MURCH
HAROLD NESBITT
JAMES ROBINSON
EDWARD SIVES
ROY TAYLOR

Vietnam War  1964-1975

EDWARD BALCEWICZ
WILLIAM BEREZA
ARCHIE BONYUN
ROBERT S. BORGER
RICHARD G. BRESSLER
KEITH BROWN
LARRY G. DELPH
GARY M. FERCH
KENNETH A FERCH
MICHAEL FINK
[ds]JOSEPH FODEN
ROBERT S. GILLIGAN
KEVIN HICKEY

DOUGLAS HOTCHKIN
HAROLD HUMMELL
GARY C. INTEMANN
STEVE KELLY, JR.
DANIEL A. MANN
DONALD MENRISKY
PETER RANKEN
ROBERT W. SCHEIBEL
JAMES R. TAYLOR
JAMES B. TERRY
CHARLES S. WALDRON
COWLES G. WALDRON
STEPHEN C. WISWALL

Iraq/Afghanistan (The War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan)

Dedication of Memorial Plaque, Memorial Day, 2012Iraq/Afghanistan Wars Plaque
Dedication of the Memorial Plaque, Memorial Day, 2012

RYAN BARNETT
DAVID M. BUTLER
GUY CACACE
ANDREW T. DARROW
HUDSON A. DARROW
JASON R. KINSELLA
AMANDA A. LITCHER
DAVID McCUTCHEON III
JOHN D. MUGLIA
SCOTT F. SCUTARI
CLAYTON J. STANEK