Defenders of the Philippines

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Harry Menozzi, ADBC Commander

Harry Menozzi PictureHarry Menozzi was born on August 18, 1915.  Harry Menozzi was a member of the "A" Company 803rd Eng. Bn., and took his  basic training at Fort Belvoir, Va.  In June 1941, he arrived in Manila Oct. 24, 1941 via the "Cleveland."  He was at O'Donnell building an air strip when the war started.  He went through Bataan and onto Corregidor in March of 1942 where he was captured May 6, 1942.  He left the Tottori Maru arriving in Korea in early November.  He then went on to Japan where he spent his time working in the hospital helping the medics and doctors.

Upon returning home he became active in the ADBC becoming one of its national commanders.  He assisted in the three conventions held in Pittsburgh.  In the early 1980s Harry, John Emerick, Ken Curley and Joe Vater formed a committee which started many of the VA reforms which change the VA attitude about POWs.

Before retiring he was sales manager of Kahn's Meats Co.  After his return from the service he opened Harry's Dairyette in Sutersville, PA., fulfilling a desire held by many POWs to open a restaurant.  He served free ice cream to ex-POWs.

He was a member of the West Newton United Presbyterian Church, he was life member and Gold member of the ADBC.  He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 7812, West Newton and Rook 1358 in Sutersville.  He was president of the West Newton Cemetery Association.  He was a member and Past President and Past Deputy District Governor of the West Newton Lions.  He received a plaque designating him as a "Privileged Member."  He was proud of his 100% attendance since he joined in Dec. 1946.

He married "Bea" Badin.  He died January 23, 1989.