Virg's 100th Birthday
A note from his niece: Our uncle is approaching his 100th birthday June 1st, and we would like to honor him with a birthday card shower of well wishes from fellow American patriots.
Virg Meliti born in Croton, New York June 1, 1923. Virg served in the US Naval Air Force and enlisted in the US Navy in July 1942 serving in WWII's Pacific Theater. Stationed in the South Pacific on the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Virg served as a Gunner on a B-24 Liberator with Bombing Squadron VB-109. The squadron conducted various combat operations to include reconnaissance missions as well as searching for and attacking Japanese submarines.
In 1944, Virg was reassigned to a Patrol Aviation Unit on the Island of Tinian where he served with a Combat Aircraft Service Unit (CASU) responsible for equipping combat aircraft with bombs and torpedoes. Vir returned to the States in June 1945 stationed briefly in San Diego, CA and then on to Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL where he was honorably discharged on November 25, 1945 as an Aviation Fire Controlman with the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
Virg began a 41 year career with the railroad, first as a brakeman, and then as a conductor. He retired from the railroad in 1987 and moved to Ravena, NY. When his beloved wife Grace passed away far too soon in 2005, Virg moved to Selkirk, NY to reside with his daughter Michele and her family.
Virg was a longtime member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign War and served on the school and library boards.
Virg is a happy, robust, lifelong dedicated Yankees fan. His daily schedule for doctor appointments, daily meals and social events, revolves around the Yankees schedule, including Spring Training.
God Bless you all and God Bless America!
c/o Ron Jacobs
1634 Fieldstone Street
Allentown, PA 18016-9287
Send in time to arrive in PA by 5/26. Virg's family will be collecting the card to present to him in NY. So please send as early as you like!!