This week federal, state and city officials were among those gathering to break ground on the Newtown Reserve Center in Danbury. Mayor Mark Boughton says the name leaves something to be desired and would like to see it named after city resident and Korean War veteran Lee Hartell.
Major General William Waff says the facility was first slated to be built in Newtown and will be renamed eventually. The new center on the Lee Farm property will be the training ground for some 200 soldiers every week.
In advocating for the facility to be named for Lee Hartell, Boughton outline his Medal of Honor citation.
It stated that Hartell risked his life above and beyond the call of duty in action. It goes on to state that the Lieutenant's consummate valor and unwavering devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service. Although mortally wounded, Hartell's actions contributed significantly to stemming an onslaught and enabled his company to maintain a strategic strongpoint.