our crew “Reddo’s Raiders” completed its tour, the crew was dissolved and the
members each went his separate way to whatever military program was available
to him. They were scattered to the wind,
but they will never lose the close camaraderie they knew as combat crew members
of “Reddo’s Raiders” through the rigors of training and the horrors of
combat. I am honored to have been able
to serve as their Aircraft Commander.
my return to the States, I was assigned to the Ferrying Division of the Air
Transport Command. My duties included
such things as delivering B-25 Mitchell Bombers to the Russians at Fairbanks, Alaska, and picking up new planes off the assembly line and delivering
them wherever they were required. I also served as an instrument flying
instructor of pilots returning from the Far East Theatre.
release from active duty, I accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force
Reserve. I remained in the Active Reserve
until 1958, when the press of civilian responsibilities prevented me from
attending the annual two week active duty tours and other reserve duties.
a brief period with the Internal Revenue Service, I joined the firm
“Sportservice Corporation,” now known as “Delaware North Companies” in Buffalo, N.Y. Sportservice
or Delaware North is the world’s largest independent concessionaire functioning
on an international level. Present
volume is well into the billions. I rose
to the position of Corporate Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. I was also a member of the board of
directors. In the mid 1960s, I resigned
to move to Florida, but at the company’s request I remained on the board
Florida, I accepted positions as Vice President and Cashier
of The Pan American Bank of Miami
and The First State Bank of Miami. After half a dozen years as a banker, I
resigned to start a concession business.
The business flourished and headquartered in Miami we serviced locations as far north as Pennsylvania and as far west as Louisiana. In the early
1990s, I sold out the business, and presently accept jobs in market research
which conform to my semi-retired state.
belong to, and attend the annual reunions of the 351st Bomb Group
Association. When the B-17 and the B-24
visit south Florida I serve as a volunteer guide and when requested give
talks at schools and other interested groups.
The highest rank I achieved was Major, and the decorations/awards I
received are as follows:
Distinguished Flying Cross
The Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
The New York State Conspicuous Service Cross
La Medaille Jubilede la
Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
European Theatre Service Ribbon with three Battle Stars
American Theatre Service Ribbon
World War Two Victory Medal
am the proud parent of one son, Seamus Redmond and two daughters, Raymonde
Miano and Gladys Breese. At this date, I
have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.