U.S. Army 1943–1945
U.S. Army 1941–1945
George LaBarge joined the U.S. Army in March 1941, before America entered the war. He was originally assigned to the infantry, 26th Division. Later he transferred to the Army Air Corps where he served as a crew chief servicing B17s, B24s, B29s and P47s at various bases around the USA.
U.S. Navy 1943–1946
Charles J. Fraser enlisted in the Unites States Navy at age 17 as an electronics technician and trained to repair anything from radios to sonar and radar equipment. He was assigned to the minesweeper Redstart AN387 with the mission to clear mines from harbors in Japan, Korea, and Formosa (Taiwan.) Fraser was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, the America Area Medal, and the Pacific Area Medal.
U.S. Air Force 1942–1967
John Filios grew up in Westfield, one of 10 children of Italian immigrants. During World War II, he worked in Fall River assembling munitions. He joined the Air Force in 1942, shortly after the Japanese attacked Guam and Wake Island. He was trained to be a radio operator, and would eventually help test and maintain radar installations during the Cold War.
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U.S. Air Force 1943–1947
Richard Dinning volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Force and became a B-17 pilot with the 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He flew on 33 missions over Germany. Dinning took part in the Battle of the Bulge from the air, as part of a 2,000-bomber “morale mission.” He also conducted mercy missions to liberate French prisoners of war held in Austria. Dining was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.