SERGEANT JOHN J. D'AGOSTINO was born March 20, 1914 to Stefano and Julia D'Agostino. He was the oldest child, coming before Helen, Domenic, Edward, and Robert. In 1930 the family lived at 607 South 3rd Street in Camden NJ. His father was working as a hardwood finisher, mother Julia worked as an operator, and John D'Agostino was working as a plumber's helper. Two doors down at 613 South 3rd was the Flamini family, their son Anthony Flamini, would also lose his life serving America during World War II. He later lived in Delaware Township NJ, now known as Cherry Hill. After working for RCA in Camden, he was inducted into the United States Army shortly after the draft was re-instituted in July of 1940.
After qualifying for flight duty, John D'Agostino trained as a radio operator. He was assigned to the 823rd Bomber Squadron, 39th Bomber Group, and served in New Guinea. After flying 11 missions, Sergeant D'Agostino died of causes not relating to combat on December 13, 1944. His body was returned home aboard the USAT George W.G. Boyce in 1948. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill where he rests next to his parents, who both passed away in the early 1970s.
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