Hometown Hero PFC Thomas Maggio

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Private first class Thomas Maggio now calls Preswick Glen in New Hartford home, but he has traveled all around the world serving our country.  A native of Rome, New York, Maggio was drafted into WWII at age 20, and was shipped to training camp Fort Dix in New Jersey.  Maggio became a radio operator for the army air corps. He served in Algeria, Italy, and Greece. As part of the army airways communications systems, he, along with his fellow operators, handled all of the communications for conferences attended by Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill and US Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman, and the communications during D-Day. But his main job was keeping track of aircraft from the time of takeoff to the time they arrived at their destination. After the war, Maggio, who was promoted to Staff Sergeant, returned to school on the GI bill.  He has received the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Ribbon.

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