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30 Deacons Ln
Wilton, CT, 06897
United States

The Lt. John G. Corr Memorial Award is presented each year, along with a framed certificate and medallion, to the graduating senior of Wilton High School who, in the opinion of the Directors, best personifies the devotion to his studies, the participation in sports, the qualities of true leadership and the exemplary personal character and patriotism of the man whose name it bears.

Who Is John G. Corr?

John, Geyer Corr, Born: July, 25 1944
Wilton High School Class of 1962
University of Bridgeport Class of 1966

2nd Lieutenant,
I CO, 3RD BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps 1967

John Geyer Corr was born on July 25th 1944 to Letitia and John Corr and lived in the Silvermine area of Wilton. The Corr Family also included John’s younger siblings Alan, Daniel and Letitia.

Wilton High School, 1962 Graduate - John was a prominent and versatile athlete who excelled in football, track and basketball for the Warriors. He was the star QB on the football team which won the 1961 WCC Championship with John as a true triple threat star adding punting and running to his excellence at the QB position. John earned the praise of the WCC referees and officials for his sportsmanship on the field and he was widely recognized for his strength of character, integrity and leadership off the field.

University of Bridgeport, 1966 Graduate – John majored in Physical Education and was a member of Alpha Gamma Phi. John continued his excellence in sports while at UB earning the starting QB job for the Purple Knights as a sophomore. John led the team for three straight seasons and, in addition to being named the “Most Valuable Back” on the varsity football team and “Most Valuable Runner” on the varsity track team, John was also named as the Purple Knights “Back of the Decade” in 1966 and set UB records for high hurdles. It was at the University of Bridgeport where John met Tom Fujitani who was a teammate on the football team.

United States Marine Corps – Entered in October 1966Graduated from USMC Basic School in Quantico, VA in June 1967 and left for Vietnam later that month as a Lieutenant assigned to 2nd Platoon of India Company with the First Marine Division in the Da Nang Area. In six months of service during the Vietnam Campaign Lt. John G. Corr was awarded the following medals:

• Two purple hearts (earned 3rd but told staff not to submit paperwork)

• Bronze Star with Combat “V”

• Gallantry Cross with Palm (Republicof Vietnam)

• National Order of Vietnam Fifth Class (Republic of Vietnam)

Lt. John G. Corr made the supreme sacrifice while serving his country on December 28th, 1967 and was one of eight young men of Wilton to give their lives in Vietnam.

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Despite all the awards and accolades John received during his athletic career, he was a “team first” player whose loyalty to friends, teammates and coaches was unquestioned. John was known as a “guy’s guy” and a player that would make any sacrifice to help his team be successful. John was a winner and gave 100% effort every time he played and this rubbed off on the people around him. He respected teachers and administrators whom he held in high regard and he seemed to be every mother’s favorite son.

His focus on the “team” over individual continued with when he joined the USMC and went to Vietnam.  As an officer he slept on the front lines under the same conditions as the men under his command and for whom he cared deeply about. The medals and commendations he received during his short time in Vietnam are a testament his outstanding character, leadership and integrity from those who knew him both as a man and soldier. 

Once John befriended you, you were a friend for life. John G. Corr was not perfect, but he strove to be above ordinary in everything he did and, for this very reason, he succeeded in being extraordinary.