|Bonito, Paul F. (608th, 607th)|
|People - Honorees|
Paul F. Bonito
Biography: Paul F. Bonito was born in 1923. He was the son of Michael and Mamie Bonito of Newark, New Jersey and had completed 3 years of high school.
Service Time: Paul entered the service and was assigned to Company B of the 608th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He would train with the unit until it was broken up on December 20, 1943 and he was transferred to the 607th. The photo to the left was taken in July 13, 1943 while still with the 608th. During his time with the 607th, he would distinguish himself by winning a Silver Star on August 17, 1944 for actions in Sainte-Eugénie/Orne department, Basse-Normandy, France.
On December 5, 1944, Paul's tank destroyer was hit by an enemy shell. His close friend Martin Jackson, went to help him but was restrained by two other men when Paul's tank exploded. Paul was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in St. Avold, France. Paul had reached the rank of Pfc.
I want to thank Paul for his supreme sacrifice for this country and William Jackson for providing this information.
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