STAMFORD, Conn. – Alfred E. Green Jr., a former Stamford resident, died Dec. 8 at his home in Newtown. He was 90.
Born Oct. 27, 1922, he was the son of Viola and Alfred E. Green Sr. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1940 and took an apprenticeship at Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co. as a tool and die maker.
He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and was placed in the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion, where he served as a mortar gunner and volunteered for glider missions. Green was wounded in 24 places by enemy mortar fire in Zellenberg, France, on Dec. 5, 1944.
Green was awarded the Purple Heart and later became a member of the Order of the Purple Heart. He was evacuated to a hospital in Paris and later England before finishing rehabilitation in the United States, where he made a full recovery and was honorably discharged June 16, 1945.
Upon his return to Connecticut, Green finished his apprenticeship at Yale & Towne in 1945 and married Helen Meehan in 1947. He continued working for Sara Lee, General Electric and Omega Engineering before his retirement in 1999.
Green remained a Stamford resident until 2001, when he moved to Newtown. On May 8, 2012, he was awarded France’s highest military honor, Order de la Legion d’honneur, for his efforts in liberating the country during World War II.
He is survived by two children, Elaine Fanwick and Alfred “Skip” Green III; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife; and three siblings, Dorothy Wildman, William Green and Raymond Green.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory in Stamford. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Cemetery in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.