Oklahoma family remembers passing of decorated WWII pilot and Pearl Harbor survivor

Jun 15, 2021 274

BY: Brent Skarky

On this Flag Day, friends, family and fellow military are remembering a very special veteran in Northwest Oklahoma City. Airforce personnel performing a full military funeral for the passing of a 100-year-old World War II veteran that embodied the essence of America’s greatest generation, a man that fought for that flag across two oceans in the air and on the ground. 

William Bonelli was a true American hero. “He was a decent and honorable man who served his country,” said Bonelli’s daughter, Geralee Wood. KFOR was lucky enough to spend some time with Retired Lt. Colonel Bonelli back in 2017. He told us how he enlisted in the Army Air Corps back in 1941 and was sent to Hickam Field in Hawaii to service planes. Bonelli was there on duty that infamous morning in December.

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SOURCE: https://kfor.com

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