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Private First Class Homer Cavanaugh entered the service on February 15, 1943, and was stationed in Florida and California with an ordnance section of the Air Force before being transferred to the infantry after which he was sent to Camp Howze, Texas. After six weeks of training, he received a furlough and went overseas. He went to England and then France, Belgium and Germany, serving with the 9th Division of the First Army. Homer was killed in action at Remagen Bridgehead by German fire at the age of 21. Homer Cavanaugh was a B.A.R. man. During the night, company L was crawling into position to attack Vettleschoss the next morning. While crawling, the Germans heard them and opened fire. Cavanaugh was hit in the mouth when a bullet splintered the B.A.R. stock. He died on April 7, 1945. Homer was one of four sons of Ray and Mary (Eutsey) Cavanaugh.
An Only Son of the 381st The Life of Andy Piter, Jr. As a member of the 381st Bomb Group in World War II, Andy served his country proudly. However, 15 days before the war ended in Europe, tragedy struck the 381st as they lost 31 men on the Isle of Man and Andy was one of them. April 23rd, 1945 - a day that will live forever in the hearts of the Men of the 381st.
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Donald J. Madar - an avid family history buff who has pursued genealogy and has visited the five Slovak villages of his roots. Special interest in his great-uncle, Andy Piter, Jr., who was a member of the 381st Bomb Group and who lost his life in a B17G crash on the Isle of Man 15 days before World War II ended in Europe. Donald has researched his uncle for the last 13 years and now brings Andy's story back to life.
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