The Danbury News-Times, Tues, Jan 31, 1950
DEATH CLAIMS RETIRED CHIEF
William J. Ulan, 42, Navy Veteran, Stricken with Heart Attack
Chief Signalman William J. Ulan, 42, Fleet Reserve, U. S. Navy, died suddenly at 4:30 a.m. today in his home, 23 Housman street.
Chief Ulan has been in his usual health until stricken with a heart attack a short time earlier.
A veteran of 20 years of active Navy service and a survivor of the U.S.S. Chicago, sunk in combat in the Solomons in Word War II, Chief Ulan was well known in Danbury and news of his death was received with regret by a large circle of friends.
A native of Danbury, Chief Ulan was born August 14, 1907, a son of Adam W. and Eve (Lastaw) Ulan, with whom he had made his home since retiring from active service.
He attended St. Peter's school and Danbury High school and at the time of enlistment in the Navy in 1927 was a member of Battery D, 192nd Field Artillery, National Guard Connecticut.
For several years during his active Navy service, Chief Ulan was assigned to the recruiting branch and was graduated from the U.S. Navy Recruiters school Norfolk, Va.
Just prior to World War II, he was assigned to the recruiting offices in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was later transferred to the U.S.S. Chicago which early in 1943 was sunk by a torpedo attack in the Solomon Islands area. He was listed as missing in action for some time after the sinking of this ship.
However, he was soon back on active duty in the Pacific, remaining in the regular Navy until August 31, 1947, when he retired from active service and transferred to the Fleet Reserve.
In addition to his parents, Chief Ulan is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Americo Janutolo of Stony Hill district, Bethel, and Mrs. Charles Hummel, of North Hollywood, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held at times to be announced from the Cornelius Delury Memorial, 113 Main street, and in St. Peter's church. Burial will be in St. Peter's cemetery.
Completion of the funeral arrangements will await the arrival of Mrs. Hummel from California.