“Fred” Lucontoni was drafted into the Army in 1943, and served in General George Patton’s 3rd Army, 733 Field Artillery Service Battery, as a machine gunner. He remembered seeing “thousands of planes” flying overhead en route to a bombing mission at St. Lo in France; Lucontoni also took part in the Battle of the Bulge.
This interview was recorded at the Bedford VA Medical Center by James Ramsey.
Vince MacDonald joined the Air Force ROTC while still a student at Brown University, earning his second lieutenant’s commission upon graduation in 1960. Over the next 30 years, MacDonald would work in personnel and career management at several bases in the U.S. and in Bermuda. While stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in 1978, he oversaw the receipt, processing and disposition of the victims of the tragedy in Jonestown, Guyana.
John Lobberecht didn’t study much during high school and college, so he joined the Marines in 1983. He learned how to fly, and became a loadmaster on a C130; he served mostly in the United States, with a tour of duty in Okinawa. He said although he was a Marine serving in peacetime, he trained constantly in case he was called in action.
This interview was part of a program conducted by students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Gayle Turner joined the Air Force in 1974, at a time when women were being recruited for duties normally handled by men. She became a jet engine mechanic, serving in New Hampshire, Alaska and California before leaving the Air Force and joining the Air National Guard. While in the Guard, Turner became an officer, and would retire from the Guard in 2004 with the rank of major.
In June 1948, 10 days after graduating from Holliston High School, George Snow joined the U.S. Navy. He was trained in electronics, and would spend the next 21 years as a petty officer/technician at various stations, including the 1st Naval District in Boston and with the submarine service in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.