New England Air Museum
Leon S. Gavic

 

Recent Address:

208 Blue Sky Drive, Glenwood City, WI 54013-8557

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Oscar and Tillie; Wife: M. Irene; Child: Stanley.

Hometown:

Glenwood City, WI

Date Entered Service:

March 7, 1941

Service Number:

16024963

Bomb Group:

HQ & HQ SQ 58th Bomb Wing, AAF, AUS Component

Squadron:

 

Location of Unit:

Tinian - June 8, 1945

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

 

American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Carbine MKM, Lapel Button, Overseas Service

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 502-Administrative NCO

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

 

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 12, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Various jobs from time of discharge from the service until August 1, 1948, when I was hired to work in our local furniture store and funeral home where I managed the retail furniture store business and worked also in the funeral business until August of 1980 when I retired.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I spent the bulk of my almost four years in the service in the overseas depots in the States, but it was a new experience to be shipped over to the small island of Tinian and help out in a small way in the HQ office. It was also a new experience to be living next to the natives and see how they lived in their way of life.

Comments:

According to the copy of my Honorable Discharge paper, they have listed the following: Date of departure of overseas 5/30/45 CPTO, arrived 6/8/45; date of departure for overseas 7/21/45 SWPT O, arrived 8/15/45; date of departure for USA 11/15/45 USA, arrived 11/30/45. I completed 8 years of grade school in our local school system and graduated from a four-year high school course in 1935. Then took a short business course for a little over a year at the Minneapolis School of Business in Minneapolis, MN in 1937.

Mr. Gavic passed away January 31, 2006.  He is buried at Glenwood City Cemetery in Glenwood City, WI.

 


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