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I don't feel comfortable about doing that unless I spoke to him first, and for a number of reasons I don't want to do that. If it were a golf question or the like no problem, but one reason I became the caretaker of his helmet was he wanted to move past that part of his life. I need to continue to respect that.

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I don't feel comfortable about doing that unless I spoke to him first, and for a number of reasons I don't want to do that. If it were a golf question or the like no problem, but one reason I became the caretaker of his helmet was he wanted to move past that part of his life. I need to continue to respect that.

 

No problem. I wanted to see if I could help identify the squadron, but I completely understand.

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Your grandfather was a true hero. Awarded the Navy Cross (posthumously) for courage a POW in North Vietnam.

 

Interestingly, my uncle was a turret gunner in VMTB-232 from February '45 until his pilot and JASCO artillery spotter were lost on Okinawa in late April.

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On 3/12/2017 at 4:14 PM, horridohutch said:

And Mr Pierozzi from all accounts a gentleman.....

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Interestingly my dad has the toolbox of their #7/PAO I think from the F-11 era, a LCDR Rottgering. Also an F-8 pilot. We got it at his estate sale after he passed, still upset my mom wouldn't let us get the tailhook he had propped up in his office!

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