Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Lt. Richard Fassl and George Estes Memorials in Chicago
From the August 26, 2015, WTTW PBS Chicago Ask Geoffrey. Geoffrey Baer is a noted Chicagoologist who has many shows on WTTW about the history of Chicagoland.
The question asked was : "There is a World War II killed in action memorial marker to George Estes at Fullerton and Cleveland streets in Chicago. Who was he, who erected the memorial and are there other markers like it around the city?"
It is one of a few, vanishing ones around the city. George Estes was a seaman second class in the Navy during World War II. He was killed in action in the South Pacific in October 1944 and buried at sea. He had lived with his family a few blocks away from the memorial at 2046 N. Orleans.
There is another memorial like the one to Estes two blocks west at Fullerton and Orchard for Richard Fassl. He was a bombardier and a fellow Lincoln Park resident who was killed in action in England.
Both memorials are taken care of by the Mid=North Neighborhood Association.