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 Info: 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
Squadron: 25th/ 44th/ 676th
Location of Unit: Great Bend, KS; September 1943
Missions Flown: 28
Hump Missions: 36
Targets: Japan, China, Burma, Singapore, Taiwan, Sumatra
Awards: 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: Bombardier School-San Angelo, TX Sep 1942; Navigation School-San Marcos, TX May 1943; Many more post WWII
MOS: 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
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Date Transferred from the 58th: August, 1945
Date Discharged: September, 1945
Post WWII 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 About the 58th:
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.
Jerry Pagliero in Vista, California
Jerry Pagliero in Vista, California

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