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N 41d 56' 512" W 72d 41' 36"  
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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
 
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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.

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

 


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