Board of Director Member Jack Botti is honored

A personalized Quilt of Valor was presented to Jack Botti in honor of his service to our country. Approximately 20 of his friends and family gathered at the Greater Middletown Military Museum the day after Thanksgiving 2021 to make the presentation.  A representative quilter gave a history of the Quilt of Valor movement, related how many busy hands were involved in each quilt and that many thousands of these quilts have been made and presented across the country. She read comments about Jack’s impressive military experience and then invited him up to be wrapped in his special quilt. She assured him that the quilt was intended to be used.

Quilt of Valor honoring Jack Botti’s military service revealed. Nov. 26, 2021
Jack Botti being wrapped in his Quilt of Valor, Nov. 26, 2021


The Museum continues to receive donations to its collection.  Each addition enhances the story of the Military experience of Greater Middletown and America.

Recent additions:

A West Point graduate’s uniforms including his Jungle Camo Shirt/Pants, Jungle Boots, Fatigues, Blue Dress Uniform (BDU), Jump Boots, Blue Beret (101st Div), Maroon Beret (82nd Div), Black Beret (75th Inf. – Ranger). This soldier advanced to the rank of Major while serving in several Army units, including artillery. He was a paratrooper.

A private collection of over 30 Military books were added this month to our already extensive library of Military history books that cover the spectrum of America’s, Connecticut’s and Middletown’s history from the earliest colonial days to current day. You can research the names of Middletown residents who served in the Colony of Connecticut as early as 1678, or in the French and Indian War (1755-1762) or read the personal letters of several of Middletown area soldiers, including Pfc Maurice Patterson during World War I and World War II or Private Albert Leary written during World War II among others. Thanks to many donors the Museum has a considerable array of books on Warplanes and Ships, Uniforms and Patches, and Biographies. Curious about covert operations? We’ve got books on spies, including Middletown’s own Max Corvo, an Italian immigrant who was instrumental in setting up covert OSS operations in Italy prior to the US military landings in Sicily in 1943.

Naval Signal flags and a colorful array of submarine ships’ patches, most of which were subs launched from Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base at New London in Groton, CT.