Stamford,CT (September 22, 2008)— The Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee announced today the beginning of a major fund raising drive to erect a Bronze Statue of Master Sergeant Homer L. Wise. Sgt. Wise, of Stamford was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 14, 1944 for heroism during World War II.
The Medal of Honor is highest military decoration given by the United States. He was also the recipient of The Silver Star, The Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts and eleven other decorations. One of the most decorated infantrymen of World War II.
To honor the memory of Stamford's own hero, the Committee is planning to erect a statue of Sgt. Wise in the Homer L. Wise Memorial Park located at Bedford and Chester Streets.
The goal is to raise $150,000 in private funds which will pay for the creation and building of this important memorial and to beautify the park. The renowned artist and sculptor Janice Mauro of Redding, CT has been commissioned to create this statue.
Sgt. Wise, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wound up spending the second half of his life in Stamford. After falling in love and marrying Madolyn DiSesa (a Stamford native), Sgt. Wise fell in love with Stamford too. He died there in 1974 at the age of 57.
James Vlasto, Secretary and Treasurer and Project Director of the Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee, said," During World War II, 16 million men and women served. Only 464 received the Medal of Honor of whom 266 received posthumously. That statistic alone compels us to honor this hero."
The Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization. Contributions on behalf of the Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee must be made payable to the New York Foundation for the Arts, (www.nyfa.org) and are tax deducible to the extent of the law.