1944 — Italy
Francis "Larry" DuPont was born in 1920 (NOT 1888) in *ST. Lawrence County*, NY. He joined the regular Army on 7 Sept. 1939. He had completed high school. At the time of enlistment Francis was single. Married his sweetheart EmmaLee in 1945 and now (2012) for 66 YEARS! What a Blessings :)
When war was declared, Larry would have just added time as he switched from the Regular Army to the AAC and became a Radio Operator/Aerial Gunner and ended up in Combat in the Mediterranean Theatre during WWII in the 310th BG and the 380th BS.
Larry would fly Combat Missions in the B-25 GROOVE HERMIT (and other B-25's) against the Axix Powers in the MTO as a radio operator and aerial gunner.
At this minute, Lt Sterling Ditchey has said that he had "Francis" as his R/G on 33 Combat missions! The 'miracle' of being an Historical Researcher is when I find two Combat Crew who will have the similar memories. In the 1984 Members Book (57th BW) Francis was living so rural he is listed as "Road 6". . . he now has a street address ;)
Francis and EmmaLee were married on 22 Sept. 1945. as of today, 15 Jan. 2012, Larry is 91 and his wife EmmaLee 86, are living and have been married for 66 Years. I had the privilege of speaking to Larry and he mentioned a few items, ONE was that the "310th BG's Worst Day, 22 June,1944" was ON his 24th Birthday...(see story below) ...... Barbi Ennis Connolly
From son Steve; Dad was born and raised in St Lawrence County, not Schenectady County. He lived on Trinity Ave in Gouverneur, NY. He resided in Gouverneur/St Lawrence Co except for a very brief Time (approx 2 yr) in 1928 as an 8 yr old, (In the 1930 Census) when he did reside in the city of Schenectady,NY/Schenectady County (905 Emmett St) before the family returned to Gouverneur,NY.All 3 brothers were born and raised in Gouverneur, NY (St Lawrence County). ...Steve ALL three brothers served in WWII, Francis "Larry" in the Army, then AAC... Charles, born in 1918 served as a Bomber Pilot in the Pacific (1918-2002) and retired as a LTC. Edward (1925-2010) ... even though born in 1925, served in the Navy, on a Destroyer in the Pacific Theatre. (1925-2010)
14 April, 1930 Census; /Schenectady/New
Gertrude A Dupont/Head of Household/34
Charles F Dupont/Son/11/NY
Francis L Dupont/Son/9/NY Edward Dupont/Son/4yrs-3mos/NY
Living at 905 Emmett Street
Charles F. DuPont LTC
Charles F. DuPont, 84, of Southern Pines died Friday (Nov. 22, 2002) at
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at St. Anthony of Padua
Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Father Ingham will be the Celebrant.
Mr. Dupont served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and retired
from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel after service of 23
years. He was primarily a bomber and fighter pilot.
During WWII Charlie was a Bomber Pilot in the Pacific.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. DuPont worked at the Pentagon as an
electronics and communications officer. In 1970, he moved to Whispering Pines where he
was able to pursue his favorite sport ? golf.
Surviving are his wife, Sophia; sons, Lawrence C. DuPont of Albuquerque,
N.M. and Frederick L. DuPont of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Francis L.
Dupont of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren. A stepson, Ernest Arovits of Greenville, Tenn., also survives.
Elmer "Edward" DuPont (1925- April, 2010) also served in the WWII, on a Navy Destroyer in the Pacific
Barbara Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher, 319th and 321st BG Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing.
Other information coming from the 57th BW Historical Research Team Members; 321st Bomb Group / John T Fitzgerald (Dad/Lt Jack Fitzgerald, 446th BS Pilot), Patti Johnson (J Raymond Orechia, R/G 446th BS KIA) and Barbi Connolly (Dad/Ed Ennis, 447th BS RADAR/Radio/Gunner).