Gennaro A. Zeoli

Jerry Zeoli, WWII
Jerry Zeoli, WWII
Recent Address: 2820 SW 15th St. (B5-202), Delray Beach, FL 33445
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Family Info: Parents: Louise and Joseph; Stepfather: Vincent; Wife: Velia; Children: Patricia, Joseph, Gerald
Hometown: Providence, RI
Date Entered Service: February 4, 1944
Service Number: 31464460
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 794th
Location of Unit: Tinian; May 1945
Missions Flown: 16 and 2 aborts
Hump Missions:
Targets: Osaka, Omuta, Kure, Okayama, Chiba, Sendai, Namazu, Fukui, Kawanishi, Aomori, Hirosaki, Hachiogi, Fukuyama, Hikari, others
Awards: Air Offensive Japan, Eastern Mandates, Western Pacific Campaign, Air Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Battle Stars (4), AAF Air Crew Member Badge (Wings), Carbine, Pistol
Service Schools: Basic-Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS 1944; Gunnery-Buckingham Field-Ft. Myers, FL 1944; Davis Monthan Field, Tucson, AZ 1944
MOS: MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-65275 Hi Stepper, 42-24734 Miss Lead, 42-65227 Lady Be Good, 44-69660 My Gal Sal, 42-24486 Windy City II
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Date Discharged: February 6, 1946
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Earned AB degree in Political Science from Brown University. Earned Masters degree in Education from Rhode Island College. From 1955-1993 taught Social Studies and Math (Algebra) at Moses Brown Prep School. Also Athletic Director, Coach of Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Track and Baseball.
Thoughts About the 58th:
It was an experience in which I learned a great deal considering the circumstances and conditions. I was an 18 year old with little if any outside experience. Most of all, I learned how others in my outfit lived, felt and worked. It did give me a sense of belonging, purpose, and discipline. I did grow up fast and it did carry over into my association in college and later as a teacher/coach in a prep school.Our crew flew overseas from San Francisco to the Marianas with a new B-29 plane which our pilot, Paul Shernisky, had named “Weirite” after his town in West Virginia. This new B-29 was taken away from our crew and given to another crew. Most of our missions over Japan were flown in the “Hi Stepper” that had been assigned to our crew. We did fly some missions in other B-29's such as Miss Lead, Lady Be Good, My Gal Sal and Windy City II.
We had a good crew and I enjoyed being with them. I was 18 years old and left a widowed mother, sister and grandmother at home to do my part in WWII. Proud to have served with the 20th Air Force.
Jerry Zeoli, 1947
Jerry Zeoli, 1947

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