At just 21 years old, Mark Resto left his hometown of Utica, his father - who was a widower, and his sister to serve in the US Army. He thought he would just be giving his time for the required year, but that changed, when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor. After spending time traveling the US training and learning how to repair tanks, Resto was shipped overseas by boat. He traveled from England, to Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Germany as a tank mechanic. And being a true Italian Utican, he spoke Italian fluently - and helped others communicate overseas as a translator when need be. Mark was in England when the war ended, and was there as the victims of the Buchenwald concentration camp were being liberated. He served as a peacetime soldier overseas, before coming back to America. Mark spent most of his adult life working at Griffiss Air Base as a mechanic and inspector. He married his wife Antoinette in his late 20s and retired at 57. Mark is almost 95, still going strong, living in Whitesboro - and loved by his many neighbors and family.
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