Our Namesakes

HORACE J. TANGUAY

Private, Company I, 102nd Infantry
World War I

Born on July 23, 1890, Horace was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Tanguay.  He attended the Hazardville School, learned the carpenter trade which he worked at before enlisting.  He was one of five brothers all serving their country in World War I.

During the war, Tanguay was gassed and hospitalized for five weeks.  Upon returning to active duty in the Chateau Thierry sector, he was tragically wounded with shrapnel and died on July 22, 1918. He was the first soldier lost from Enfield during World War I.

WILLIAM WATSON MAGILL

Seaman First Class, U. S. Navy
World War II

Born May 3, 1921, William Watson Magill was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Magill of Thompsonville.  He was educated in the Enfield public schools and graduated from the Mount Hermon School at Mt. Hermon, Mass., in June, 1938.  He earned varsity letters in football, lacrosse, and was co-captain of the Mt. Hermon swimming team.

Magill attended Camp Woodstock, in Woodstock, Conn., several summers, and a cabin there is named in his honor.

While a student at American International College in Springfield, Mass., creative writing and drama were his main interests.  He was employed at the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company and at Billings and Spencer in Hartford.  He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church.

Magill enlisted in January, 1941.  Following training at Newport Naval Station in Rhode Island, and service on the USS Prairie, he was assigned to the light cruiser, USS Juneau, upon its commission on February 14, 1942.

He was tragically lost at sea at the age of twenty-one with the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau during the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.

Magill was awarded the Purple Heart, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service, and World War Two Victory Medal posthumously.

A memorial scroll form the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt reads:

“He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings.  Freedom lives, and through it, he lives – in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men.”