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Brighton, George R.

George R. Brighton U.S. Marine Corps WWII
George R. Brighton U.S. Marine Corps WWII

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Date of Birth: 12/16/1925
Died On: 23-Oct-10
Street Address: Lake Road
Service Number: 536456
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps - Marine Transport Squadron 253, Mag-21, 4Th Maw, Fmf.

Veteran Code: USMC-7

George R. Brighton was born in New York December 16,1925, the son of George Renfrew Brighton, MD, and Dorothy Rosencrans. He had two sisters Waldo and Burns and in Rye his family lived on Lake Road in Greenhaven. He attended Rye Country Day and the Taft School in Watertown CT,

Immediately upon graduating from Taft, George enlisted at 17 years old and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

We know from George's Discharge Record that he entered the service at 17 years old on June 18,1943 and spent 9 months and 27 days in the Pacific Theatre. Both his discharge record and Muster Rolls tell us he served with Marine Air Groups as a radio aerial gunner. George was honorably discharged at Great Lakes IL on July 24, 1946.

He married Helen Louise McDowell on August 17, 1946, in Rye, New York. They had three children during their marriage. He attended Dartmouth College as a newlywed and then began a career in publishing.

Until his retirement he was the Chairman of Business Journals, Inc., a publishing/communications company in Norwalk, CT. He enjoyed skiing, aerobatic flying, and sailing, especially his Atlantic out of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT.

He and his wife Helen divorced in 1988 and George remarried Marsha Jane Kramer in Norwalk, Connecticut, on August 16, 1991, when he was 65 years old. Following his retirement, he and Marsha set sail for the Caribbean and after several years exploring the islands, they settled in Culebra, PR which quickly became their home away from home, and community.

George Renfrew Brighton of Rowayton, CT and Culebra, PR, died October 23, 2010 following a long illness.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his children Deborah P. Brighton, Pamela W. Brighton and Renfrew M. Brighton; his stepdaughter Susan Freel; his sister, Waldo Jones; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Louise McDowell Brighton and his sister Burns Vitzthum. His wife Marsha J. Brighton's death followed his by one week.

Obituary Published on Nov. 17, 2010.
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