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Sgt Thomas Rufus Latta
Tail Gunner

Thomas Rufus Latta, passed away Monday, March 21, 2005 at 8:56 a.m. in Baltimore, MD. at the age of 79.

Born in Rochester, NY on 23 August 1925, he was the son of Thomas Hood and Mary Hubble Latta.

He spent the majority of his life in the Philadelphia, PA area, he spent the autumn years on Florida's East Coast and in Maryland.

He attended University of Pennsylvania.

He was a salesman for most of this his working career; but for 10 years he operated a coffee busineess.

He served in the US Army Air Corps for 4 years.

Thomas and his wife Elizabeth (Betty Jo) (Wright) were married for 59 years

He has five children: Lisa Crump, David Latta, Barbara Parsels, Mary Mutter, and Thomas Latta, and Eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was loved by all and will be missed by many.

Click here for a printer friendly version of Thomas Latta's obituary published in the Frederick News Post on 23 March 2005.

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Source: Lisa, daughter; Excerpts from Thomas R. Latta Obit, published 23 March 2005, Frederick News Post