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1st Lt Thomas A. Cronin
Navigator

1924 - 2002

My dad left the PTO and went back to resume his education at West Virginia University.

He was recalled for Korea and flew A-26's for the 452nd BG out of K-9.

He briefly owned an air conditioning company and then took a job with Union Carbide.

In 1968 he took a job as vice-president of Inland Oil and Transport Company of St. Louis, Missouri; a barge line operating on the inland waterways.

He retired and changed gears becoming a professor at St. Louis University. He taught at Parks College, an aviation school. In 1996 he retired again and moved to North Carolina, since that time he has stayed busy tending to his wife of 50 years, Colleen, and several grandchildren from four children.

Hiis son Patrick adds, "My dad is suffering from congestive heart failure but is home and has the constant support of his family and friends. While my father's health is failing he still remembers with pride his service in Guam."

20th AF Patch Navigator's Wings The Distinguished Flying Cross w/ 1 OLC Air Medal w/ 2 OLC American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon w. 3 Bronze Service Stars WWII Victory Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Service Medal ROK Korean War Service Medal ROK Presidental Unit Citation Distinguished Unit Citation
Thomas Cronin's Decorations for his WWII and Korean Service
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Mission summaries of Thomas A. Cronin

Source: Patrick Cronin - 11 June 2002

Two days after Patrick's contact with us regarding his father's military service Thomas A. Cronin passed away 13 June 2002
Patrick can be contacted at:
Source: Patrick Cronin, son