Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of WWII - 2nd Lt. Joseph O. McAllister

 

Owen was born On August 10, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph McAllister and Vera Bennion. He had two brothers Warren, and Gerald and one sister Bella.

In 1940 Owen was in his first year of college at the University of Utah. He enlisted on September 29, 1941 and took flight training at Cal-Aero and Victorville pilot training schools in California. In April of 1942 he received his commission and in August was assigned to the South West Pacific...more



Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of WWII - S.Sgt. James A. Mabante



 S.Sgt. James A. Mabante



James Albert Mabante was born on July 25, 1920 in Nogales, Arizona. His parents Rufino Mabante and Constanza Romero were born in Mexico and California, respectively. His father was a steelworker.

James had 2 brothers, Charles and Frank and 2 sisters, Carmen and Virginia. By 1940 James was in his third year of high school was 19 years old and working at Callahan Lead and Zinc Mining, Washington Camp.

He enlisted June 3, 1942 at Nogales, AZ and was attached to the 15th USAAF, 348th Bombardment Squadron, 99 AAF Bombardment Group (heavy) as a (Gunner 5) waist gunner...more