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LT. MICHAEL J. LIBONATI JR.

World War I was the war to end all wars, but 33 years later the United States became entangled in World War II following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Again Vacaville’s young men, and women, were off to war. Among the hundreds in uniform from Vacaville was Michael Libonati Jr., a Vacaville native, and also the son of local area pioneer fruit growers.

Young Libonati, a graduate of Vaca High, had become a second lieutenant in the Air Force, and was to see unending service as a bombardier aboard a Flying Fortress on missions over Western Europe.

It was a sad day in January 1943 when the War Department notified the young man’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Libonati, that their son, 24, was missing in action over Western Europe.

For many weeks following, the bewildered mother, carried on correspondence in an attempt to ascertain the fate of her son. At one point she was given assurance by the boy’s squadron commander, that he was a prisoner of war of the Germans; but as time rolled on Mrs. Libonati was to receive word from another source verifying the death of her son, who was struck by flack while operating his guns in a Flying Fortress. The plane crashed behind enemy lines.

Source: http://articles.solanohistory.net/7130/

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  1. to preserve and strengthen comradeship among the  its members;

  2. to assist worthy comrades;

  3. to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans;

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Jack Wood

1956-1957

George M. Cass

1957-1958

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1958-1959

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1959-1960

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1960-1961

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1960-1962

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1962-1963

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1963-1965

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1965-1966

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1966-1968

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1968-1969

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1969-1971

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1971-1972

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1972-1974

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1974-1975

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1975-1976

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1976-1977

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1978-1980

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1980-1982

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1982-1983

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1983-1985

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1985-1986

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1986-1988

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1988-1989

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