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Larry Manzo

Larry Manzo was born in Hartford, Connecticut on November 26, 1927.

 

He served in the Navy during 1945 and 1946 as part of an amphibian unit on Land Ship Tank 54 and submarine tender USS Clytie.  He was a member of the first American force to arrive in Norway immediately after Germany surrendered at the end of World War II. 

 

He moved to California in 1948 and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Jerry T. Hodges, Jr.

Jerry Terrel Hodges, Jr. was born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 29, 1925. 

 

Nicknamed ‘The Crow’, he served in the Army Air Corps for two and half years, 1944-1946, and participated in the end of World War II.  He was a B-25 bomber pilot in the 477th Composit Group, the famed Tuskegee Airmen, with over 600 hours of flight time and was the first pilot to solo a B-25 bomber in the largest class, H5F-TE, to graduate from Moton Field in Alabama. 

 

He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Narciso Polanco

Narciso Polanco was born in Mercedes, Texas on August 2, 1940.

 

Nicknamed ‘Chico’ by his fellow soldiers, he served in the Army 7th Infantry for 3 years, straddling 1959 to 1963 and spent much of that time overseas.  While stationed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, North Korean soldiers took advantage of a sleeping American guard and attacked his camp.  They slit his throat but Chico managed to fight them off.

 

He currently lives in Los Angeles.