In memoriam on Memorial Day: Paul Bangiola of Morris Plains, World War II fighter pilot

paul bangiola, world war II fighter pilot
Paul Bangiola, a Grand Marshal of the 2008 Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade, died last fall at 86. As a fighter pilot in World War II, he was badly wounded over Italy.

A familiar face was missing from Saturday’s Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade. Paul Bangiola, a World War II hero and retired judge, passed away last fall and was buried during the winter in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was awarded a Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and Croix de Guerre for crash-landing his P-47 Thunderbolt after being badly wounded over Italy in 1944.

In 2008, Judge Bangiola told us his story. Here is the video:

WW2 Pilot: ‘I thought I was dead’
paul bangiola being laid to rest
Paul Bangiola, World War II fighter pilot, being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Donna Bangiola.
elsie bangiola with photo of her late husband, paul
Elsie Bangiola, with photo of her late husband, World War II fighter pilot Paul Bangiola. Photo courtesy of Donna Bangiola.
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  1. Elsie, I know you miss him. When I saw his picture it was like seeing a part of my past…he looked that familiar to me. Thank you for sharing his thoughts. In all todays turmoil there are still young people trying to live as he lived.