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Disabled WWII Vet Returns to the Skies in DAV B-25 Warbird at Rochester International Airshow
Angelo T. De Fazio is a stoic man who never shared much, let alone the hardships he faced resulting from his time in World War II. He joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and was assigned to the 321st Bombardment Group and 448th squadron. Sergeant De Fazio was stationed in Africa, Italy and France where his airbases were attacked multiple times by Germans. In Italy he was promoted to crew chief where his name was proudly displayed along the side of his plane “Lucia”. Sergeant De Fazio also survived two plane crashes, which resulted in serious back problems.
“I’m not exactly sure how to define a hero, but I know my father is one,” said Daniel Mathews, Sergeant De Fazio’s son. “He always just considered the time he spent in the war as doing his job and duty to his country. We all knew that he had some back injuries from the plane crashes, but he worked for forty years without complaining of his discomfort. When the pain became significant he finally went to the VA. It took time, but he ultimately got the assistance he needed,” stated Mathews. Veterans Affairs estimates there are 21,973,000 veterans in the United States- many who have wounds associated with their service to this country.
DAV programs assist veterans in getting the benefits they’ve earned. Just as Sergeant De Fazio was on an important mission in WWII, the B-25 “Panchito”
DAV, representing more than 1.3 million disabled veterans, is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to one, single purpose: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served
For more information about Disabled American Veterans go to www.dav.org or follow the DAV Flight Team at www.facebook.com/
To learn more about the DAV Flight Team or to schedule an interview, contact, Kerry Ward 415-580-2704. For downloadable photos of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, go to www.davflightteam.com (http://www.davflightteam.blogspot.com/