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Paul J. Marsico
Paul Marsico, Hickam Field, 1940
Paul Marsico, Hickam Field, 1940
Recent Address:   1708 Council Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573
Family Information:    
Hometown:   Yonkers, NY
Date Entered Service:   May 17 1940
Service Number:   7071010 and AW2201696
Bomb Group:   468th
Squadron:   792nd
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS - February 1943
Missions Flown:   9
Hump Missions Flown:   6
Targets:   Guadalcanal, Rendova, Port Moreseby, Raboul, Midway, Namazu, Bangkok and Tokyo.
Awards/Decorations:   Bronze Star, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Loops, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 8 Bronze Service Stars, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, others.
Service Schools Attended:   HAF Mechanic, Hickam Field, HI Sep 1940; B-29 Factory Sch.-Seattle, WA Sep 1943;
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic, MOS 750-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Rank Upon Discharge:   M/Sgt. (1945); CWO-W4 (1967)
Crew Type:   Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   Helzapopin, Bucket of Bolts (B-17), 42-63500 Gravel Gertie
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   August 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   September 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
2002 Air Base Gp, Stewart AFB, NY 1946; Hq Central Air Defense Force, Kansas City, MO; Hq CADF Grandview AFB, MO; 1602 Air Transport Wing, Ferstinfeld Brok, Germany; 81st Air Rescue Sq, Sembach, Germany; 66th TAC Recon, Sembach, Germany, 76 FTR Intep Sq, McCoy AFB, FL; 76 FIS, Westover, MA; 52 FTR Intep Wg Suffolk Co AB, NY. Retired 1967.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Real Estate Broker, Westhampton Beach, NY -- retired in 1989.

Many early members of the 58th Bomb Wing were seasoned veterans of the 11th Bomb Gp that had returned from the war in the Central & South Pacific (late spring 1943). They transitioned from B-17s to B-29s and returned to combat the enemy from bases in the CBI.

I was a Sgt. 1st A.M. in Hq. Sq. HAF, Hickam Field, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, and witnessed firsthand the death and destruction of that sneak attack.. My goal at that time was to see Tokyo in flames. Thanks to then Lt. Col. James V. Edmundson, I was assigned to the 792nd (after completing my first tour as a proud member of the 11th Bomb Gp.) The 792nd B Sq. proceeded overseas to the CBI and subsequently to Tinian. This presented an opportunity to achieve my primary goal. In late May 1945 I witnessed the burning of 22 acres of industrial Tokyo from the nose section of my B-29. I have long since gotten over my revenge syndrome and pray to God that we will obtain peace throughout the world.

Mr. Marsico passed away February 8, 2007 at Sun City Center, FL.


Paul Marsico, A-7 China, 1944
Paul Marsico, A-7 China, 1944
Paul Marsico, 1998
Paul Marsico, 1998


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