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Maurice C. Cusatis

 

Maurice Cusatis, India, 1944

 

Recent Address:

887 James Street, Hazleton, PA 18201-2364

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Joseph and Mary; Siblings: Joseph, Jr., T. Gloria, Phyllis, Nellie Ann, Carmine

Hometown:

Hazelton, PA

Date Entered Service:

November 15, 1943

Service Number:

33612307

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

769th

Location of Unit:

Wichita, KS (February, 1944)

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Good Conduct Medal,Distinguished Unit Badge,Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 7 Bronze Stars,WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 405-Clerk-Typist

Rank Upon Discharge:

Sgt

Crew Type:

 

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 25, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Attended Business school for 3 years, Accountant for 1 year, Apprentice Plumber for 3 years, Independent Insurance Agent for 43 years. Retired Jan. 1, 1996.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I saw the poverty of India. I am pleased to have been a part of bringing peace to the world during WWII. I witnessed history in the making on August 6, 1945. While working in the Operations Office, a buddy from the Engineering Office and I watched all available aircraft at our field, West Field, on Tinian Island, take off and then drove to North Field to watch all available aircraft take off, all on various diversionary missions, not knowing at the time that one of the planes at North Field was carrying the Atomic Bomb. Later that morning, a rumor circled the base about a charge the size of a softball in one of the bombs that would destroy a city. Early that afternoon, General Curtis LeMay announced from Guam, over the PA system, that history was made that day as one bomb destroyed a large city in Japan.

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Maurice Cusatis, 2003

 


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