Community helps family say goodbye to SSgt David Kittredge, nearly 70-years after he was killed

Community helps family say goodbye to SSgt David Kittredge, nearly 70-years after he was killed

David Kittredge's remains have finally been laid to rest nearly 70-years after his bomber crashed in Germany. Veterans and community at large attended memorial service in Green Bay
 (Terry Kovarik, WFRV-TV Green Bay, WI)
(Terry Kovarik, WFRV-TV Green Bay, WI)
Patrick Stordeur, at end of front row, was five-months old when his uncle, SSgt David Kittredge was killed in a B-26 bomber crash (Terry Kovarik, WFRV-TV Green Bay, WI)
Patrick Stordeur, at end of front row, was five-months old when his uncle, SSgt David Kittredge was killed in a B-26 bomber crash (Terry Kovarik, WFRV-TV Green Bay, WI)
Honor guard fires 21 gun salute in SSgt Kittredge's honor (Terry Kovarik, WFRV-TV Green Bay, WI)
Honor guard fires 21 gun salute in SSgt Kittredge's honor (Terry Kovarik, WFRV-TV Green Bay, WI)

GREEN BAY (WFRV) U.S. Army honor guards held vigil over the cremated remains of Staff Sergeant David Kittredge during visitation at Nicolet Gardens chapel. The only memory his nephew, Patrick Stordeur, has of his uncle were through photographs of Kittredge, his B-26 bomber and his mothers stories.

"When she was in the mood to talk about, she would talk about it. And she would show me pictures," he said.

But nearly 70-years after Kittredge was declared dead after his bomber crashed in Germany, Stordeur, other family members and area veterans gathered to pay tribute to Kittredge. Something veterans say they had to be part of.

"That's the common policy that every soldier tries to remember. Not to leave anyone behind because those are our heroes and they insprire our future," said Ricky Jacquart, a U.S. Army veteran during the Cold War era, who also works at Nicolet Memorial Gardens.

Such sentiments are something Patrick Stordeur says he and the family are touched by.

"When people heard he was missing for so long, that kind of brought everybody together. And it was a great turnout today and the weather turned out beautiful," he said.

 

Local 5's Terry Kovarik has more.

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