Paul F. Bonito
Biography: Paul F. Bonito was born in 1923. He was the son of Michael and Mamie Bonito of Newark, New Jersey, and completed 3 years of high school.
Service Time: Paul entered the service and was assigned to Company B of the 608th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He trained with the unit until it was broken up on December 20, 1943, and he was transferred to the 607th. The photo was taken on July 13, 1943, while he was still with the 608th. During his time with the 607th, he distinguished himself by winning a Silver Star on August 17, 1944, for actions in Sainte-Eugénie/Orne department, Basse-Normandy, France.
On December 5, 1944, Paul's tank destroyer was hit by an enemy shell. His close friend, Martin Jackson, went to help him but was restrained by two other men when Paul's TD exploded. Paul was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in St. Avold, France. He had reached the rank of Pfc.
I want to thank Paul for his supreme sacrifice for this country and William Jackson for providing this information.