Shelton veterans get to take a special trip

Alice Beaver and Patsy Degennaro of Wesley Village in Shelton.
Alice Beaver and Patsy Degennaro of Wesley Village in Shelton.

Two local veterans from Wesley Village in Shelton were honored for their service to the country this past month with a trip to Washington D.C., organized as part of the American Warrior Day of Honor.

Patsy Degennaro and Alice Beaver were flown to Washington, D.C., thanked and welcomed by dozens of volunteers, and escorted through the nation’s capital city as guests.

The pair visited the World War II Memorial as well as the Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln, Navy, Air Force and Marine/Iwo Jima memorials. Flights, meals, T-shirts and motor coach services were provided at no cost to the residents, who returned home on their flight later that same day.

The trip was funded by donations through American Warrior, whose mission is to positively change the lives of World War II veterans with a trip to Washington. For more information, visit their website at

A torpedoman and a WAVES member

Degennaro served in the Navy from 1943-46 as a torpedoman 3rd class during World War II in the Marshall Islands, Iwo Jima, Chi-Chi Jima and other regions. He also served in Korea from 1950-52.

Beaver served with the Navy WAVES at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. and worked as a baker for two years during World War II.