WWII veteran Lt. Col. William S. Kaminski dies at 101

Nov 23, 2011


William S. “Bill” Kaminski

Cheshire, CT – William S. “Bill” Kaminski, age 101, of Cheshire CT, formerly of West Haven CT, passed away on Nov. 14, 2011.  He was the husband of Alberta B. (nee Cox) Kaminski, who passed away in 2003, at age 94, and father of Perry Kaminski of Mukilteo, WA.

Mr. Kaminski was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Sept. 24, 1910, spent his childhood in the Poughkeepsie area, and graduated as Valedictorian from Arlington High School in 1928.

He entered New York University’s College of Engineering under full scholarship and graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1932, and moved to New Haven, CT in 1935, while employed by the New Haven Railroad, as a structural engineer.  

After WWII he settled in West Haven with his family in 1948.  At the time of his retirement he was a senior associate with Pfisterer, Tor & Associates, Consulting Engineers, of New Haven, and previously had been with Westcott & Mapes, Consulting Engineers.

He served as an officer in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers before, during and after World War II, on active duty from 1941 to 1946.  His assignments included military airfield construction in the southern United States, battalion staff officer in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations, and the Projects Section, Headquarters Army Forces Western Pacific – planning for the Olympic Operation (the proposed invasion of Japan).  He retired a lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army Reserve.

Mr. Kaminski had been a director (and afterward, Honorary Director for Life) and secretary of the American Clock & Watch Museum of Bristol, CT, president of the Connecticut Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a director and secretary of the Connecticut Building Congress, a Deacon of the First Congregational Church of West Haven, a charter member of the West Haven Rifle and Pistol Club, and a member of the Military Officers Association of America, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

He is survived by two sons – Stanley Kaminski of Conroe, TX, and Perry Kaminski of Mukilteo, WA, two grandchildren: Katharine K. Cowan of Nashville, TN, and William C. Kaminski of Los Angeles, CA, and a great grandchild Jane Cowan of Nashville, TN.  He was predeceased by a sister, Statia Conrow, and his wife, Alberta Kaminski.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Book of Remembrance of the First Congregational Church of West Haven, 1 Church St, West Haven, CT 06516, or to the American Clock & Watch Museum, 100 Maple St, Bristol, CT 06010.

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