His half-brother, Walter L. Throgmorton, born 11 March 1923, served in the U.S. Army from 17 May 1943 to 30 November 1945. He died 15 November 2002 and is buried in the Beth El Cemetery, Cheyenne, Laramie Co., Wyoming.

 

His father, born 24 January 1887, served in the U.S. Army during WWI, # 192172, Corps of Engineers, 127th Engineers Regiment, Company B, from 21 Septto 18 June 1919. He died 11 July 1972.

ZALUSKY, LEROY JEROME, Flight Officer (appointed First Lieutenant), # T-123509, USAAF

 

LeRoy J. Zalusky was born on 17 December 1922 in Hennepin Co., Minnesota, to Frank Anthony Zalusky (1883-1965) and Ellen Ruth (LaMaitre – “LaMatterey”) Zalusky (1983-1989). Siblings were Robert Francis Zalusky (1921-2011), Francis Daniel Zalusky (1924-    ), Barbara Ellen (Zalusky) Hague (1929-    ). He was a student at the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student, resided at 3414 Saint Paul Ave., Minneapolis, MN, and described himself as 6’3 ¼”, 168 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He noted a vee shaped scar on the outside of his index finger on his left hand. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 17 September 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40787, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow with another B-24 on a combat sweep. Last contact by radio was at 0135 Zulu, 125 miles east of Hong Kong. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Robert F. Zalusky, born 1 April 1921, entered the USAAF on 28 March 1942. His wife was in China on his death. He died 9 July 2011.

 

His brother, Francis D. Zalusky, born 22 November 1924, enlisted 19 February 1943 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

Robert F. Zalusky