A veteran of the 320th Anti-Aircraft Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only all-Black unit to land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Henry Parham died Sunday of bladder cancer. He was 99.
Joyce Johnson piloted the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber that became a symbol of American air power during the war. Johnson served in active duty as part of the mighty Eighth Air Force from June 1944 to July 1946, and in the reserves afterward, attaining the rank of captain.
Jack DeTour piloted B-25 Mitchell bombers in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, helping perfect the technique of attacking at 300 to 350 mph at very low altitude with multiple .50-caliber machine guns blazing.
After graduating from Westinghouse High School in 1940, Capone enlisted in the Army, where he served on the Western Front, from January 1943 through December 1945, as an infantryman in Company E, 415th Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, also called the Timberwolf Division.
Eugene "Gino" Lastoria loved his family and loved his lawn, and though he was a proud World War II veteran, he'd rather know more about the people he met, his wife said. The World War II Navy veteran from Fairfield Township, Ohio, died on May 26. He was 93.