(l-r) On Monday, August 2nd, Congressman Joe Courtney presented an award to WWII veteran, submariner, and CT Veterans Hall of Famer Ernie Plantz, Gales Ferry. The award is made from granite used to build the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. During WWII, Ernie was held captive for 1,297 days by the Japanese. After 10 months recuperating at a Navy hospital near Chicago, he returning to active duty. He retired as a Lieutenant in 1970. He remains an active member of Sub Vets and other organizations.