Sunday, July 14, 2024


“Edyo” Keehan Tells Story of Westport World War II Monument in New Book

1943 Saturday Evening Post cover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan, a 79-year-old Westport native, went off to World War II at the age of 17, survived battles at sea, and 60 years later fought and won another battle in his hometown—to erect a monument to his fallen comrades.keehan75.jpg
Edyo Keehan: new author. Contributed photo

Now he has authored a new book recounting his experiences, “Battle for Honor” (Trafford Press, $17.95). “I hope many people in Westport get a chance to read it,” he said.

Keehan’s book tells of his time aboard two World War II cruisers, how he came home and worked as a truck manager for 18 years, and then retired and went into real estate.

But all the while he was concerned that a World War II monument that once stood outside the old Westport Town Hall on Post Road East was missing.

keehanbook100.jpgThe monument was made famous by local artist Steven Dohanos whose depiction of it appeared on a 1943 Saturday Evening Post cover.

After lengthy efforts and help from many in town, Keehan succeeded in having the monument duplicated and it now stands on Veterans Green opposite Town Hall.

Keehan’s book may be ordered from his publisher’s Web site at

4 thoughts on ““Edyo” Keehan Tells Story of Westport World War II Monument in New Book

  1. Gordon, Enjoyed reading the Westportnow Web Page. Thanks for the interest in “Battle for Honor.” Was a Learning lesson in putting it together. Westport Library and staff members help.Laying the book out with pictures and sketch drawings took a lot of time I am now an AUTHOR,Writer and Publisher.
    Books are be printed and will be avaiable in Westport soon Edyo

  2. “Battle for Honor”is my memoirs of Westport from 1939, and serving my country in harmms way from 1942 to 1946 aboard two navy cruisers.

    Westport World War II veterans with no Honor Roll, names and the Original Honor Rollin the town landfill. It was time to restore the Honor Roll for veterans to be remembered.
    Battle for honor tells the story how we had to fight another war to restore an Honor Roll.

  3. Thanks to WestportNow for the support received in promoting the book “Battle for Honor” World War II Cruiser Sailor Wages War to Erect Honor Roll for Hometown Veterans on the Web Site has helped sales throughout the States.

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