Joe Bonavire

U.S. Navy 1942–1952


Joe Bonavire joined the U.S. Navy in early 1942. His 10-year service included three years on board the USS Chicopee, where he served as a gunnerís mate. Bonavire served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters; his vessel was part of the invasions at Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He also served during the Korean War as a member of the SeaBees. As of the interview in 2014, he runs a nonprofit, SOS for World War II Vets, which provides the means for World War II veterans to visit memorials.

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