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:
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