AVON The Town of Avon and The Wa-Pe-Ke-Way Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a dedication ceremony Saturday at the Avon World War II Memorial Park for Brigadier Gen. Clyde C. "Chet" Wright.
A bronze plaque recognizing Wright was unveiled, along with the four engraved benches being dedicated to the park.
Construction began on the park in 2012. In May of 2013, a dedication ceremony was held to unveil the park and its statue that depicts Wright.
On Saturday, the plaque recognizing Wright and all he has done for his country was unveiled.
Wright was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Indianapolis. In October of 1940, he enlisted in the 139th Field Artillery, 38th Infantry Division, Indiana National Guard. In January of 1941, he was called up to active duty as a private to Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
“I was going to only be in for a year, but then Pearl Harbor ... and everyone stayed,” Wright said.
He served through all enlisted grades to Master Sergeant as Battalion Sergeant Major of the 139th Field Artillery Battalion, 38th Infantry Division. In October 1942, he was appointed Warrant Officer. In December 1943, Wright shipped out of the New Orleans Port of Embarkation for Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. In June 1944 he left there for New Guinea.
“We were there for six months … we were mopping up," he said. "They had taken New Guinea.”
He then went to the Philippine Islands where he served in combat on both Leyte and Luzon.
This was during the Bataan Death March, which began on April 9, 1942. It was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000 to 80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during WWII. About 2,500 to 10,000 Filipino and 100 to 650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach their destination.