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Salvatore M. Tambascio
 
T/Sgt. Salvatore Tambascio, 1944
T/Sgt. Salvatore Tambascio, 1944
 
 
Recent Address:   305 Mitchell, Hot Springs, AR 71913-5020
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: Joseph and Maria; Widow: Leona Myers; Child: Linda; Siblings: Anthony, Carmella
 
Hometown:   Boston, MA
 
Date Entered Service:   December 4, 1939
 
Service Number:   6151777
 
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   770th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Walker Army Air Field, Hays, KS; August 28, 1943
 
Missions Flown:   20; 35 sub-patrol missions in Central & South America (1942-3) in B-18A, B-17, B-24 and B-26.
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:   Yawata, Anshan, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Omura, Manchuria, Singapore, etc.
 
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, China War Memorial Medal
 
Service Schools Attended:   Radio-Mech-Gunner-First Aid--Langley Field, VA 1939-40; ;
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 757-Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner, AAF,
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   T/Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6311 Night Mare, 42-65213 Carla Lani-Battle Baby
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   February, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   July 16, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Continental Service 2 years, 2 mos. 10 days; Foreign service 3 years, 5 mos, 3 days; returned to civilian life on 7/16/45.
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Salesman & Asst. Manager for Singer Sewing Machine Co. 1946-47; Managerial position with JC Penney Co. 1947-86. On Dec. 13, 1983, the company, city officials, Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and other civic organizations honored him with proclaiming it "Tambascio Day" and presented him with the key to the city. He was Chairman for the Salvation Army Unit for 30 years; Jr. Chamber of Commerce President; President of the Library Board; United Fund; recipient of the C of C Service Award and JC Penney Community Service Award for community service.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
"Tam" as he was known to everyone who touched his life, had an inordinate pride, and especially so in being foreign born, of his country and of his service and of the privileges accorded us in America. He never forgot that. However, as he stressed so often, was his service with the 58th Bomb Wing members. It is a proven factor that a bond is forever formed with one's fellow crew members likened to brothers, and it is to their dying day these men feel a kinship -- a camaraderie that lives on. All in all, the 58th Bomb Wing proved a pivotal factor in paving the way for the freedoms we enjoy today. What is notable is his great pride, loyalty and dedication to his beloved USA. Also memorable was his enlistment in the Air Corps at age 18, accompanied by a tearful mother and father at the Enlistment Center in Boston.
 
Comments:
World War II dramatically altered and changed our lives in various ways, but the supreme sacrifices of those in the service paved the way for the freedoms we enjoy today. The 58th Bomb Wing had an integral part in the air offensive on Japan with successful results.

They were mostly attributable to the extensive training at the various bases in the USA.

The activation of Walker Army Air Field and the 58th Bomb Wing was the catalyst in producing vast changes in the economic and social welfares in the surrounding communities. It had a great impact, mostly favorable. The servicemen, their wives and families were warmly welcomed.

T/Sgt. Salvatore "Tam" Tambascio and S/Sgt. Paul D. Myers shared the same barracks, were assigned to the CBI at the same time, and kept contact over the years after their discharge. Tam and I were married upon his return to the States on Dec. 23, 1944, and happily so until his untimely death on Feb. 12, 1992. In writing to Paul Myers to forward this sad news to other 58th BW friends, he complied and continued calling me (having lost his wife in 1989). The Lord works in wondrous ways -- we were married on August 29, 1996. I feel twice blessed.

 

Tam & Lee Tambascio, 1945
"Tam" & "Lee" Tambascio, 1945
 

 


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