(B) Biographies/ Profiles
Frank Balogh Jr.
Norman, OK - 1957
Norfolk, VA - 1959
Frank Balogh Jr., AT2P2, grew up in Dayton, Ohio, joined the Navy in April of 1957 and went to aviation prep school at NATC Norman, OK., Electronics school at NATC Memphis, and was assigned to VP-21 at homeport NAS Brunswick, Maine. He qualified for Aircrew in 1958 and flew 2000+ hours in P2V-7 Neptunes as Radar, Radio, ECM, Julie, and Jezebel operator, and as second navigator. Frank flew primarily on Crew 7 with C.E. Mackey, PPC, Bill Locke, copilot, Tootie Hicks, PC, Sam Glick, Radio, Neil Kirkwood, Ordinance, Ray Syzmanski, AM1, Paul Zahn, AT3, and Chuck Kirby, AD1. Primary mission from 1958 to 1960 was ASW in the Mediterranean, Aegean, North Atlantic, Arabian, and Norwegian Seas, with duty ports at Malta, Sicily, and Iceland.
After his last MedCruise and leaving flight duty, Frank instructed VP-21 and FASRON personnel at NAS Brunswick in the theory and maintenance of various P2V-7 electronic equipment such as the IFF Transponder APX-7, APS-20 Radar, ARN-14 OMNI, MAD Gear, and ARN-21 TACAN.
Following discharge in 1961 Frank returned home, married Nancy Marie Taglin of West Hempstead NY in October, and worked for Systems Research Laboratories in various engineering positions, including Director of SIGINT Products and Systems Development where he developed several NAVY HULTEC systems.
In 1994 Frank started his first company, Balogh-Schönhofer, Inc., designing, developing, and manufacturing state-of-the-art High Speed, High Resolution Data Acquisition Systems primarily for the U.S. Intelligence community, and especially ONI. In 2004 he started Balogh Associates, an engineering and SIGINT consulting company.
Frank's favorite pastimes are reading, music, really good meals, and travel, . He is a member of the ANA, Navy League, USNI, VPB-111/ VP-21 Veterans Association, IEEE, Association of Old Crows, and associate member of the Navy's Casper Society.
Frank and his wife Nancy have a daughter, Tracy, and two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joey.
Earl Cecil Bishop
Earl Bishop was an AMM2 Combat Air Crewman attached to VB-111 from 21 Mar 44 until 9 Jul 44.
Earl Cecil Bishop was born in the Village of Pinemount, Suwanee County, Florida on 25 Mar 1924. He enlisted in the US Navy on 14 May 41 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and attended AMM School there.
In the European Theatre in WWII he served and flew in VP-52, VP-83, Hedron Patrol Wing 5 (FAW-5), Hedron 9-2 FAW-9, VP-92, Hedron FAW-15, VB-111 and Hedron 9-1 FAW-9 from 29 Nov 41 until 11 Oct 44. In the above squadrons he flew out of NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Brazil, NAS Bermuda, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, Gibralter, and England, participating in anti-submarine and anti-shipping, search and rescue, and bombing missions, including the Anzio and Normandy allied invasions.
On 08 Sep 43 he became one of the first enlisted men to be awarded Combat Air Crewman status.
Transferring to the Pacific Theatre on 11 Oct 44 he joined Hedron 14-2 FAW-14 at NAAS Camp Kearny, California and embarked upon a three month combat deployment. He remained with Hedron 14-2, then Torpedo Squadron 11 (re-designated VA-12 Able) until his discharge on 25 Mar 47, as AMM1.
On 13 Oct 48 he re-enlisted as AD2 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and joined Flight Test, Naval Test Center, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. On 24 Jan 52 he joined VC-8, later again attaining 1st Class Petty Officer AD1, and again qualifying as Combat Aircrewman, in the AJ Savage, flying as plane captain.
He was killed in the AJ-1 Savage crash at Naples, Italy on 20 July 1955, along with pilot Lt. Donald Bowman and bombadier/navigator Ltjg. Clark McConnell.
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Louis “Louie” Bresciano
Louis “Louie” Bresciano, was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts on June 20, 1912. He grew up in Greenfield and at the age of 12, started working as an apprentice cobbler for his uncle, Vincent Tataro. In 1931, Louie opened his own shoe repair shop in his home town and in 1939, married Irene J. Chmielewska.
In March1944, at the age of 31, with a wife, two children ages 1 year and 2, and the sole proprietor of a shoe repair business, closed up shop and joined the Navy as a way of serving his country in a time of great crisis. Upon completion of recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Sampson, New York, Seaman Second Class Bresciano was headed to North Africa to become a member of Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN (VB-111) at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Port Lyautey, French Morocco.
Shortly after his arrival, the Squadron he received orders to deploy back to the States and prepare for deployment to the Pacific Theater of Operations. This preparation took him to NAS Quonset Point, RI; NAS Camp Kearney, Calif.; NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and in December of 1944, he and the re-designated Patrol Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN (VPB-111), transferred to the combat zone at NAS West Field, Tinian. Here the squadron's Navy PB4Y-1 Liberators conducted strategic long-range searches for Japanese shipping and movements.
In January of 1945, VPB-111 was relocated to NAB Morotai, Dutch East Indies to conduct long-range reconnaissance and anti-shipping patrols in the Borneo and Celebes Island areas. On 1 February 1945, Louie relocated with the squadron to Tacloban Air Base, Leyte, Philippines where the squadron conducted the same type of operations as those at Morotai. By the middle of April 1945, with the defeat of the Japanese in the Philippines, VPB-111 moved to the Army Air Field on the island of Palawan just out side the city of Puerto Princessa. Combat operations against the Japanese were conducted from the far northern coast of Indo-China to as far south as Singapore. Long-range, single aircraft patrols were conducted right up until the war's end and for a short period thereafter.
By this time Seaman Bresciano had acquired the rate of Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class and had performed duties within the squadron as a runner, mechanic, and crewmember on the squadron's Liberators. He also became the father of a third boy, James Michael, born in May of 1945. His awards and decorations consist of the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 stars, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 star.
AMM3/c Bresciano returned to the States in late October 1945 and was honorably discharged in mid November 1945. Louie returned to the shoe repair business and ran his own store for over 51 years. In 1946, another boy was born into the Bresciano family. Within a few years, these four boys were growing up in the same neighborhood where their father Louie had grown up.
Louie's wife, Irene, passed away in August 1963 at the young age of 51. In 1983, Louie retired from the shoe repair business and not long afterwards, suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed. “Louie” Bresciano was deceased on November 6, 1995 at the age of 83.