Veterans Who Have Passed–Joseph H. Marchione

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 14, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed — Raymond E. Soderberg

Source: Rockford Register Star,  November 1, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Benny R. Dickison

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Aug. 26, 2020.

Richard “Rick” J. Stancliffe 1926-2020 Obituary

Source: Rockford Register Star  April 12, 2020

Wallace, Gerald H. “Jerry”

Born July 24, 1923 in Richland Center, WI, to Lewis and Grace Wallace.

Served as a Corporal in the U S Army Air Force, went to radio operator school in Indiana, Florida, California, Hawaii and Iwo Jima, WWII.

He worked at Woodward Governor Co. for 35 years.

Died July 4, 2014.

Sunset Funeral Home, Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Source:  Rockford Register Star July 9, 2014

Palermo, Cpl. Frank J.

U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII

completed final training as a gunner and radioman, and is now with a B-24 Liberator bomber

Source: Rockford Morning tar 8/9/1944

 

“Sgt. Frank J. Palermo, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Palermo, 1120 Kent St., has been promoted to staff sergeant in the 15th air force based in Italy.  A radio operator-waist gunner of a B-24 Liberator bomber, he has more than 20 missions to his credit since his arrival overseas last December.

Holder of the air medal for meritorious achievements in aerial combat, Palermo is a graduate of St. Thomas High School as was employed at Cotta Transmission company until his induction into the army in March, 1943.”

Source: Rockford Register Republic  March 31, 1945

 

“Tech. Sgt. Frank J. Palermo, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Palermo, 1120 Kent St., has been commended for bringing his bomber back to his home base by use of radio navigation. While on a mission to Ponte Di Plave in North Italy in support of the ground forces, Sgt. Palermo’s Liberator developed engine trouble and lost one of its engines.  A few minutes from the target the bomber was forced to leave the formation and head back to the base alone.

While still over enemy territory the possibility of losing another engine was great, as was the possibility of enemy fighters knocking down the unescorted bomber.  Once over water, Sgt. Palermo called the navigational aid station and procured a safe heading to steer for the home base.  Though flying unescorted over enemy airdromes, the bomber made its way back safely.

Sgt. Palermo, radio operator on the bomber, has won the air medal and two clusters and the European Theater Ribbon with four battle stars.”

Source: Rockford Morning Star May 15, 1945