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In My Father's Memory
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In My Father's Memory

In loving memory of my Dad, who served his country in England during World War II.

Cpl. Edward A. Dziomba (USAAF)

Dad (middle) circa 1944


Army Letter (December 22, 1943)

My father spoke of problems relating to our family name (spelling, pronunciation). After reporting to camp during World War II, an officer initially misspelled my father's last name. Once the name was entered into the system, it was next to impossible to correct. It must have been tough for family members and friends to write my father with a different last name (see envelope above from parents).


The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was the aviation component of the United States Army during World War II. The title of Army Air Forces succeeded the prior name of Army Air Corps (USAAC) in June 1941 during preparation for expected combat in World War II. Although countries such as Great Britain had a separate Air Force, the Army Air Forces were part of the U.S. Army and a direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force. The USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947 as an autonomous part of the U.S. Army, equal to the Army Ground Forces and Army Service Forces.

Dad served from July 11, 1942 (entered Ft. Niagara, NY) to November 23, 1945 (Honorable Discharge, Greensboro, NC). Dad obtained the rank of Corporal (Machinist 114), having spent his previous civilian years (1939-1942) as an aircraft assembler at Curtis-Wright Airplane Corporation, then completing ten (10) weeks of training at Chanute Field (IL) while enlisted. Dad was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

Dad's last few months were spent stateside in an Army hospital, recovering from an injury sustained overseas and finally discharged (separated) from AAF ORD (Overseas Replacement Depot) in Greensboro.

Post World War II . . . . .
After leaving the Army, Dad returned home to western New York and ran a small business in North Tonawanda, before meeting Mom (Alfreda) and marriage in 1950. After several other jobs, Dad took employment with General Motors before retiring in the early 1980's.

Liquor Store (North Tonawanda, NY) circa 1949



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