WEST HAVEN – Last week Kathleen Esposito from Guilford got into her car and drove to the West Haven Veterans Museum. In his passenger seat was a box containing his uncle’s bronze star and purple heart, along with a cache of yellowed handwritten letters and newspaper clippings.
Esposito is the niece of Sgt. John “Johnnie” Hurlburt, a native of Madison who was killed in World War II. Earlier this summer, she learned that an army department had identified her remains after 77 years. In August, he was buried in New Haven with full military honors.