Robert E. Spurlin Sr., 1928 – 2018 – obituary

Source: Rockford Register Star 5/17/2018

WWII – Marines Rotello, Anthony

Source: Rockford Morning Star 3/19/1944

opened Olympic Tavern in 1946 when he got out

Source: Rockford Register Star 2/19/1999

Source: Rockford Rocked Nov 2012


WWII – Marines – died Piccirilli, Norman William

a memorial Mass for Norman William Piccarilli who was killed in a motorcycle accident Jan. 3, 1944 on South Main St. Rd, April 12 at St. Mary’s church. The Rev. Fr. C.C. McGrath, pastor of  St. Mary’s, will conduct the service. Piccarilli, A former marine who had received a      medical discharge, was the son  of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piccarilli, Cunningham Rd

Source: Rockford Morning Star 4/7/1946

WWII – Marines Nelson, Pfc. Warren B.

“Hid His Purple Heart While Home on Leave” Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nelson, 2821 Kinsey St. received a telegram from the commandant of the   marine corps stating that their son had been wounded in action.  Their son had just left for his new assignment after visiting home on furlough  following 27 months combat service in the Pacific. Wounded July 9 on Saipan; gunshot wound in right hand. The 23-year old veteran of the fighting on Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinianis now on guard duty at the Brunswick, Maine naval airbase. The young marine was employed at Rockford Fiber Container prior to entering the service January, 1944

Source: Rockford Register Republic 12/28/1944