Berman, Seymour, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1531A-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 483rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1961
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Delaware
Delaware
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Wilmington, DE
Last Address
Cocoa Beach, FL

Date of Passing
Jun 25, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Col. Seymour Berman Ret. - Cocoa Beach - On June 25, 2010, Ret. Lt. Col. Seymour Berman passed away peacefully at home from natural causes while under hospice and family care. Sy was born in Wilmington, Delaware on September 24, 1916 and has resided in Cocoa Beach since 1966. As a 14-year-old, he was the youngest boy in Delaware to achieve Eagle Scout rank. He served in the USAF from 1941-1961 participating in WWII, the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War. Sy had a distinguished military career, starting as an aviation cadet in 1941. His finest WWII hours were with the 483rd Bomb Group at Foggia, Italy in 1944. During two combat tours in Europe as a navigator flying in B-17s, he survived 57 missions that included Ploesti, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Weiner Newstadt, Augsburg, Schweinfurt and Regensburg earning the rank of Major. His significant battle highlights included: 1. Destroying the oil refining facilities at Ploesti, Romania. 2. Leading missions to bomb Monte Cassino to open the road to Rome and release the U.S. Army Troops tied down at the Anzio Beachhead. 3. Missions to support the landing of about 50,000 American, French and British Troops in southern France. His combat awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Purple Hearts and The Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters. He also was awarded the French Freedom Medal for his support in liberating Paris and France, Russian WWII Victory Medal and the Greek Victory medal for distinguished service. His 483rd Bomb Group received 2 Presidential citations for combat. After his military career, Sy worked for Honeywell, Chrysler and Federal Electric in the Space industry at the Cape. He owned American BB Realty, a real estate brokerage office in Cocoa Beach. Sy also served on the Development Council for Circles of Care, and as a charter life member of Military Officers Association of America. In addition, he served the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Air Force Association, Brevard Veterans Council, Optimist Club of Cocoa Beach, and the Retired Officers Club at Patrick Air Force Base. His wife of 66 years Betty J. Berman and children Patricia, Michael, Thomas and Daniel and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren, survive him. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Friday, July 9, 2010 at the Patrick AFB South Chapel, 121 Alamanda Ave., Satellite Beach, FL 32937. Interment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at 3 pm, Thursday, October 14, 2010. You may sign Seymour's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training CoursesUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)483rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1034, Aviation Cadet Primary-Basic Observer Course
  1941-1947, AAF MOS 1034, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 483rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
  1948-1949 Berlin Airlift (East Gemany)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1947, B-17 Flying Fortress
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