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Francis "Lawrence" (Larry) DuPont
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).
Francis "Larry" DuPont "A son's thoughts"
22 June, 1944 | Italy
From his son Steve DuPont.....
The shell came through the B-25 Mitchell Bomber Aircraft on June 22, 1944. What a horrific way to spend your 24th birthday, with your plane being shot up by the Germans over occupied Nazi territory.
Larry DuPont, from Gouverneur, NY had enlisted 5 years earlier in the military to fight the war that would keep freedom and democracy intact for all Americans.
Would it all end here on this hellish day as this brave 24 year old radio gunner looked at an almost grapefruit size hole in the plane a mere 10 inches from his body ?
For the rest of us who are his children, his friends, his neighbors, his relatives... the answer is no.
The plane limped back to the base that day and a year later and with a total of 67 overseas bombing missions and an array of service medals, Larry came home and started a family.
I've seen this man stoop to help others numerous times. When a childhood friend lost family in a fire, it was Larry who opened the door to our home for the boy and went on to buy him his first set of drums. It was not surprising in later years of retirement,
that you would find Larry brightening the day of a mentally-challenged young boy by playing horseshoes with him.
It would take many pages to relate all the various "giving of oneself" to others episodes through the years. For a multiple of reasons, I feel my Dad is a gift to mankind and I'm thankful that this World War 2 B-25 Radio Gunner made it through his 24th birthday.... Steve
Francis Lawrence DuPont, WWII Radio Operator
1941 | USA
Memories from Francis' Pilot Bonham Cross' son David; (Jan. 2012)
Larry Dupont was unusual as a
radio operator. If you are familiar with morse code as amatuer radio
operators use it you know about the old fashioned simple key, a "bug"
and the full automatic key. Larry was about the only one that could use
a "bug" in an airplane (because it has a spring that causes repeats it
is VERY hard to use if not in a stable location). Larry could beat most
any land operator for morse code speed.
And about Barbara's dad/Edward Ennis, 321st BG, 447th BS, Airborne RADAR/ Radio/ Gunner; "So your dad being a radio man had some in common with DuPont.
And you might actually understand why DuPont using a "bug" was so unusual. David
YES, my Dad/Ed said the D-D-Dits and D-D-Dots drove him crazy! Remember, as most in 1942, it is not likely that he owned a radio. Picture the famous photos of "everyone" huddled around the radio, listening to FDR's famous speech; Ed was 95% deaf in his left ear from a high fever as a baby. BarbaraFranklin Delano Roosevelt
Pearl Harbor Speech, December 8, 1941; To the Congress of the United States
[Quote] Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation. As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire." [end quote]
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher and 319th and 321st BG Historian. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com