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Gerald (Jerry) Pagliero
Jerry Pagliero in Charra, India
Jerry Pagliero in Charra, India
Recent Address:   1375 Andorra Court, Vista, CA 92083-5017
Family Information:   Parents: Joe and Maria; Wife: Mary; Children: JoAnne, Jerri, John
Hometown:   Clinton, IN
Date Entered Service:   March, 1942
Service Number:   15095605/ A0763877
Bomb Group:   40th/ 45th/ 444th Bomb Groups
Squadron:   25th/ 44th/ 676th Bomb Squadrons
Location of Unit:   Great Bend, KS; September 1943
Missions Flown:   28
Hump Missions Flown:   36
Targets:   Japan, China, Burma, Singapore, Taiwan, Sumatra
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Philippine Defense Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm
Service Schools Attended:   Bombardier School-San Angelo, TX Sep 1942; Navigation School-San Marcos, TX May 1943; Many more post WWII
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 0046-Logistics (Director), MOS 1531Z-Navigator (General)
Rank Upon Discharge:   Lt. Col.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6277 Shanghai Lil, 42-24723 Shanghai Lil Rides Again
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:
Recalled in Jan 1951 for Korean War. Assignments included: Training Command, Randolph Field, San Antonio, TX; Moffett Naval Air Station, Sunnyvale, CA 1962-65; 6594th Test Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii 1965-68 Vietnam Combat Tour 1968-69; CINPAC (Commander in Chief of the Pacific), Hawaii 1969-73; Southeast Asia, Udorn, Thailand 1973-74; Bergstrom AFB Austin, TX, 1975; Retired from USAF at Bergstrom AFB in Sept. 1975.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
University of Illinois 1945-48; Auditor, Fisher Grocery Co. 1948-51; Recalled for Korean War 1951; Stayed on active duty from 1952-1975; returned to Hawaii and pursued a career in Real Estate and obtained both a Real Estate and Broker's License. Moved to San Diego area in 1985 and am fully retired as of this date, January 2003.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

My service in the 58th Bomb Wing during WWII covers the following highlights: Navigated a B-29 around the world (not the same aircraft but the same type of airplane). Magellan beat me around the world by a few hundred years!

Worked and flew with some highly dedicated and outstanding individuals. Participated on the first ever B-29 mission on June 5, 1944, against Bangkok, Thailand.

World War II made me aware of the benefits of having a college degree and therefore, I obtained a Masters Degree through the G.I. Bill of Rights. World War II made me realize how lucky we are to live in the Good Old USA.



Jerry Pagliero in Vista, California
Jerry Pagliero in Vista, California


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