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Oliver Sacco, 87, staff sergeant with K/394, of Wheeling WV, died May 13, 2004. He received his training at Camp Van Dorn and Camp Maxey and went overseas with the division. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart. He was retired from Metropolitan Insurance Co and was a member of DAV #117. He and his wife, Toni, had taken a tour to Belgium and enjoyed many annual reunions. He was buried with full military honors. Along with his wife of 58 years, he his survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

Joseph Carusone, 89, C/372, died June 3, 2004, at his home in San Rafael CA. First Lt. Carusone was the RO of C Battery from November 1942 to the end of the war with his close friend 1st Lt. Charles Biggio (battery exec). Carusone was in charge of the survey and communications elements of the battery. He also served as the battery forward observer when called upon by battalion. His dramatic experiences as a forward observer on Dec. 16-17, 1944, were reported in "Dauntless." He is survived by his wife Hilde, two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

James E. Wright, C/324 Engineers, died May 29, 2004, at Georgetown TX. He was a member of the original cadre from 7th Division, 13th Engineers. He is survived by his son, Mike Wright.

Charles E. "Gene" Hill, 81, died April 14, 2004. He was a staff sergeant in Headquarters Battalion, 924. He retired as quality control manager after serving 38 years at Lennox Industries. Survivors include a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Calvin Beard, 77, G/394, of Brumley MO, died June 29, 2003. He was with the department of corrections for more than 30 years. Survivors include three daughters and four grandchildren.

Jack Dixon, 84, died Jan. 5, 2004.

Murray Fox, 81, C/393, of Long Beach NY, Delray FL, died March 2, 2004. He was a graduate of Syracuse University and New York Law School. He practiced law in Far Rockaway, Queens, Cedarhurst, and Lawrence, Long Island. He was a member of the Queens County Bar Association, ex-POW, and former chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias, Rockaway, Queens. Survivors include his wife, Beverly, three children, and four grandchildren.

Joseph D. McNulty, 81, B/371, died Dec. 24, 2003, at his home in Pittsburgh PA. He was assigned to Battery B in December 1942, and was with the unit until he was wounded in March 1945. He was a forward observer and received a battlefield commission as second lieutenant several months before he was wounded. After the war he returned to Ohio State University, got a degree, and established his own company, from which he retired in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Bernice, two daughters, two sons, and eight grandchildren.

Ross Patton, 82, staff sergeant with B/395, of Duncanville TX, died June 8, 2004. He was past-exalted ruler of the DeSoto Elks Lodge, a golden sheaf member of the Dan Emmitt grange, and a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, and the VFW. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, son, daughter, four children, and three grandchildren.

Other deaths

Mabel Jean Lombardo, 89, wife of Lt. Col. (ret) Sam Lombardo, died April 26, 2004, at Carlisle PA. She was a registered nurse and former member of the Assistance League in Palos Verdes CA. She enjoyed golf and was a former member of the Carlisle Barracks Golf Club and various clubs in California. Survivors include her husband, Sam, son, stepson, stepdaughter, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

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