A Tribute to our WWII Veteran AAFHA Members:
The Incomparable Lt. Robert "Bob" Grenz, B-24, B-29 Bombardier! At McGuire AFB Open House, May 2016.
AAFHA, Army Air Forces Historical Association
JJJJohn "Jack" F. O'Meara
December 23, 1924 -
February 1, 2016
O’Meara, John F. of Berkeley Heights, NJ, formerly of Hackensack and Bergenfield, NJ.
Born: 1924 New York City to Catherine and Michael O’Meara.
John was a highly decorated World War II combat veteran serving with the Army Air Force (Air Apaches). John flew fifty (50) combat missions in the Pacific Theatre, and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, two Air Medals, six Battle Stars, and the Philippine Liberation Medal. John was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans - Father Duffy Post, the 345th Bomb Group Association, and the Army Air Force Historical Association.
" Jack" O'Meara,
manning his post at the AAFHA Display at Greenwood Lake Airshow, 2009.
Joe Celauro and Dorothea Koch at the Annual AAFHA Dinner, March 2016.
Joseph Paul Celauro January 09, 1922 - March 24, 2016
CELAURO, Joseph Paul, 94, on March 24, 2016, of Maywood, NJ. He was a retired United States Air Force Major, who served in World War II, as a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Pilot. He was the President of the P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association and an active member of the Maywood American Legion. After his military service, he used his Stevens engineering degree as a quality control inspector in the aviation industry. He was an active member of the Army Air Forces Historical Association.
Son of the late Lina Campanella and Bernardo Celauro. Devoted father of Linda Celauro and Paul Celauro. He is survived by his beloved companion, Dorothea Koch (and her children Albert and Judith). Beloved grandfather of Peter Celauro, Alyson Celauro, Wendy Salkin, Kerry Salkin, and Natalie Celauro. Predeceased by his brother, Frank Celauro, and his sister, Ella Mastromonaco.