Theodore J Durley (1917 - 1977)

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Theodore J Durley
1917 - 1977
November 23, 1917
August 1977
Last Known Residence
Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut 06525
Theodore J Durley of Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut was born on November 23, 1917, and died at age 59 years old in August 1977.
Updated: August 10, 2022

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Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut 06525
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November 23, 1917
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New Haven County, Connecticut United States


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Military serial#: 31124641 Enlisted: June 12, 1942 in Hartford Connecticut Military branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, Usa Rank: Private, Selectees (enlisted Men) Terms of enlistment: Enlistment For The Duration Of The War Or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion Of The President Or Otherwise According To Law
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Theodore Durley passed away at age 59 years old in August 1977. Theodore J Durley of Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut was born on November 23, 1917.

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Theodore J Durley lived 11 years shorter than the average Durley family member when he died at the age of 59.
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In 1917, in the year that Theodore J Durley was born, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

In 1934, by the time he was 17 years old, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1942, at the age of 25 years old, Theodore was alive when on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1961, by the time he was 44 years old, on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

In 1977, in the year of Theodore J Durley's passing, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

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