New England Air Museum
Leon S. Gavic


Recent Address:

208 Blue Sky Drive, Glenwood City, WI 54013-8557



Family Information:

Parents: Oscar and Tillie; Wife: M. Irene; Child: Stanley.


Glenwood City, WI

Date Entered Service:

March 7, 1941

Service Number:


Bomb Group:

HQ & HQ SQ 58th Bomb Wing, AAF, AUS Component



Location of Unit:

Tinian - June 8, 1945

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:






American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Carbine MKM, Lapel Button, Overseas Service

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 502-Administrative NCO

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:


Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 12, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Various jobs from time of discharge from the service until August 1, 1948, when I was hired to work in our local furniture store and funeral home where I managed the retail furniture store business and worked also in the funeral business until August of 1980 when I retired.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I spent the bulk of my almost four years in the service in the overseas depots in the States, but it was a new experience to be shipped over to the small island of Tinian and help out in a small way in the HQ office. It was also a new experience to be living next to the natives and see how they lived in their way of life.


According to the copy of my Honorable Discharge paper, they have listed the following: Date of departure of overseas 5/30/45 CPTO, arrived 6/8/45; date of departure for overseas 7/21/45 SWPT O, arrived 8/15/45; date of departure for USA 11/15/45 USA, arrived 11/30/45. I completed 8 years of grade school in our local school system and graduated from a four-year high school course in 1935. Then took a short business course for a little over a year at the Minneapolis School of Business in Minneapolis, MN in 1937.

Mr. Gavic passed away January 31, 2006.  He is buried at Glenwood City Cemetery in Glenwood City, WI.


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