WRIGHT, CHARLES W., Staff Sergeant, # 32501439, USAAF
Charles W. Wright was born in 1917 and inducted from Kings County, New York. It appears that his mother was Margaret Wright, 376 East 8th Street, New York. The 1940 census for Brooklyn, Kings, New York shows a family with the father, Willliam Wright (1886- ), mother, Margaret (1890- ), and children: Nora (1913), Edward (1916), Charles W. (1917), Andrew (1921), George W. (1926) and Gerald H. (1930), which may be the family.
A Charles W. Wright, born in 1917, enlisted 12 September 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island. Assuming this is the same person, he was trained as in radio operations and as a gunner on the B-24.
He died when the B-24J was attacked then struck mid-ship by the enemy fighter. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
VICKERS, CHARLES EDGAR, Staff Sergeant, # 36198133, USAAF
Charles E. Vickers was born 10 February 1920 and lived in Flowery Branch, Hall County, Georgia, to Edgar L. Vickers (1882-1963) and Blanche K. Vickers (1891-1985). Siblings included Gladys Vickers (1912-2000), John M. Vickers (1912-2000), Burelle Vickers (1917-1935), Ellen Juanita Vickers (1922-2006), Frances Elizabeth Vickers (1929-20002), and others.
He registered for the draft for WW II in 1941 and enlisted 9 February 1942 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. He described himself as 5’3”, 130, with brown hair and eyes. He was trained as an armorer and gunner on the B-24. He died when the B-24J was attacked then struck mid-ship by the enemy fighter. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. The family placed a memorial marker for him in the Flowery Branch Cemetery, Flowery Branch, Georgia.
ASSISI, SALVATORE COSMO, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 13130967, USAAF
Salvatore C. Assisi was born 4 January 1924 in New York City, New York, to Salvatore Assisi (1888- ) and Vincenza “Vivian” (Nuzzo) Assisi (1898-1968). A sibling was Annabelle Assisi (1927-1999) and half-siblings were Carmen Charles DeSimone (1919-2002) and another.
He enlisted in the USAAF while in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 13 October 1942. On his WW II draft registration card, he described himself as 5’3”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. In 1942, his mother had married Carl H. English was noted on his draft card as Vivian English. He was trained as an armorer and gunner on the B-24. He died when the B-24J was attacked then struck mid-ship by the enemy fighter. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
14 October 1942 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Army Signs Up 161 – Included was Salvatore C. Assisi.
2 January 1942 – The Pittsburgh Press – Private Salvatore C. Assisi graduated from the Flexible Gunnery School at Fort Myers, Florida, advanced to the rank of Sergeant and received his crewman wings in the USAAF.