Frank Kravetz

. . Frank Kavetz entered the Army Air Corps on November 2nd, 1943 and he was trained as a tailgunner on a B-17.  He was assigned to 457th Bomb Group, 750th Squad in the Eighth Air Force. On a mission to Merseberg on November 2nd, 1944 his crew was attacked by

Stephen Korba

. . Stephen Korba entered the US Army Air Corps in October 1942 where he served as a flight engineer and top gunner aboard a B-17 at the rank of Tech Sergeant in the 8th Air Force.  During a bombing mission over Schweinfurt, Germany on October 14, 1943, his plane was

George Kolsun

. . George Kolsun always wanted to fly.  And during WW II he did, but not in the way he expected.  “I wanted to be a pilot, but the Army put me into an airborne infantry unit.”  Gliders!  One of the most dangerous flying contraptions of the war.  Worse, he was

Charles Kelley

. . Charles Kelley Charles E. Kelley–“Chuck”–grew up as a devout Catholic kid in the small, hilly community of Elliot in Pittsburgh’s West End area. He was a junior in high school when he heard news on a neighbor’s radio about Pearl Harbor.  Chuck knew that it was a matter of

Norman Kanel

. . Norman Kanel Norman T. Kanel was one of the first veterans to join our breakfasts in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh in 2009.  An amateur actor after the war, Norm knew how to tell a story and hold a room captive, but he didn’t need to infuse any

Harlan Jarvis

. . Harlan Jarvis flew 73 combat missions as an engineer gunner on the “Mad Russian,” a B-26 Marauder medium bomber in the 9th Air Force, 386th Bombardment Group, 553rd Bombardment Squadron in Europe. The six-man crew had trained for skip bombing missions in North Africa, an experimental technique where planes

Robert Hurt

. . Robert Hurt Bob Hurt’s administrative career in the Army Air Corp started as a result of returning home late from a night out during basic training at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana.  As required, he was standing in line to receive the wrath of the 1st

Leonard Heisey

. . Leonard Heisey Leonard Heisey served with the US Army Air Corps during WWII. missing video/audio Leonard C. Heisey, 89, of Providence Point, formerly Mt. Lebanon, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 29, 2014. Leonard was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Austin, Minn., to the late

Harold Hall

. . Harold Hall During WWII, Harold Hall went from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Tech (now called Carnegie Mellon University) to flying long-haul Army Air Corps transport planes throughout Alaska, Canada, and the northern United States.  It wasn’t exciting duty, Harold recalls, but it was, nonetheless, important to the overall war effort.

Rudy Golling

. . During Rudy Golling’s long military career, he served first in the Army during WW II and then in the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from active duty in 1974, after thirty years of service.  Air Force work is often technical and highly skilled; Rudy’s

Bob Gale

. . Bob Gale After graduating from Dartmouth College in May 1942, Bob Gale applied to become a Navy cryptographer.  He failed the physical because of his glasses and a shoulder injury.  He volunteered for the Army Air Corps and eventually was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC).  He

Augie Friedrich

. . Augie Friedrich Augie Friedrich was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corp during WWII.  He completed thirty-five missions, but his third mission was one of the most memorable.  They had taken some gunfire on the mission and it was rough going—an engine was out, the intercom was

Wendell Freeland

. . Wendell Freeland Wendell Freeland was a member of the famed group of African American WWII flyers we now call the Tuskegee Airmen.  He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 as a student at Howard University.  A bright and ambitious student who grew up in a poor, segregated

John Francis

. . John Francis John Francis of Blairsville, Pennsylvania was an engineering student at Penn State during WWII. Sign up to join the army now, an ROTC commander urged him, and he’d get some credit for his schooling before being drafted. It seemed like a deal. After basic and artillery

Ralph Fisher

. . Ralph Fisher During WW II, Ralph Fisher spent thirty-one months overseas, serving in North Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany.   Immediately after basic training he was placed in the Army’s 402nd Anti-Aircraft Battalion, with “not much training,” he says—a fact that might have had dire consequences for the entire

John Downs

. . John Downs John Downs entered the US Army Air Corps on June 19, 1943. He served as a sargeant in the 5th Air Force in the South Pacific. missing video/audio

Ken Coleman

. . Ken Coleman missing image Ken Coleman served in the China-Burma-India theater with the Army Air Corps during WWII. missing video/audio

Ralph Carrington

. . Ralph Carrington Ralph Carrington served with the Army Air Corps during WW II.  But he almost didn’t get in.  When he volunteered for service in 1942, it was discovered that he was colorblind.  But a year later, as the war escalated, Ralph was drafted into the Army and

Sam Cammarata

. . Sam Cammarata Sam Cammarata grew up in Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood.  At 94, he fondly recalls it as a wonderful place to live—ethnically rich and always exciting. After dropping out of high school, Sam went into the service in early 1940 (before US involvement in the war) and he

Bob Buckler

. . Bob Buckler of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania is ninety, but he clearly remembers joining the Army because high school wasn’t working out for him.  Besides, his buddy had already enlisted and he wanted to do his part for the war effort, too. Bob trained as a B-17 tail gunner, flying 22