In Memorium - Golden Gate National Cemetery

His father, born 19 November 1894, served in the U.S. Army during WW I from 15 June 1918 to 4 December 19128. He died on 10 December 1972 and after cremation, was placed in the mausoleum of the Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, CA.

His brother, Dennis W. Hegman, born 5 December 1921, served in the U.S. Army during WW II from 8 July 1942 as a military policeman, Staff Sergeant, and in the liberation of the Philippines, and was awarded a Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster and other awards. He died 20 February 2018 and is buried in the Tracy Public Cemetery, Tracy, California.

GALLIO, JOHN JAMES, Sergeant, # 31005672, USAAF

 

John J. Gallio was born 28 June 1919 in Douglas, Massachusetts to Ralph (Rafael) Gallio (1883-    ) and Rose (Rosa) Gallio (1887-    ) (both born in Italy). Siblings included Nancy Gallio (1917-    ), Dominick Gallio (1922-    ), Victor Gallio (1923-    ), Marion Gallio (1928-    ).

 

He enlisted in Worcester, Massachusetts, on 5 March 1941. He was trained as an armorer for the B-25 Mitchell and was responsible for the maintenance and function of the weapons aboard the B-25. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4229, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Kurmitola, India, on a low-level bombing mission over the Chewli Bridge, Burma. After its target run, it climbed and reached about 600 feet, it did a half roll to the left and spun in from there. It did about 1 ½ rolls and crashed into the middle of the river. It burned immediately. All of the crew died in the crash. The crew remains were unrecoverable. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.