Avolese, Paul Andrew, Maj

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1562-Navigator, Electronic Warfare/Airborne Command and Control/Special Reconnaissance
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Primary Unit
1966-1967, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1953 - 1967

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New York
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Home Town
East Meadow
Last Address
East Meadow

Casualty Date
Jul 07, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 025

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Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
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Although Communist leaders showed a desire to negotiate an armistice, they would not do so before trying to improve their
military positions. During May 1953 Fifth Air Force reconnaissance revealed that the Chinese and North Koreans were regrouping their front-line forces. On the last day of the month, Lt. Gen. Samuel E. Anderson took command of the Fifth Air Force.

Communist forces directed a major assault on June 10 against the Republic of Korea's II Corps near Kumsong, a small town in central Korea, 110 miles southeast of Pyongyang. With American aid, the South Koreans stopped the Communist drive by June 19 with little loss of territory. During the enemy offensive, UN pilots broke previous records in flying close air support sorties, with Far East Air Forces flying 7,032, the Marines, 1,348, and other UN air forces, 537. Also during June FEAF devoted about 1/2 of its combat sorties to close air support.

Communist troops attacked again in central Korea on July 13, forcing the ROK II Corps to retreat once more. But by the 20th Allied ground forces had stopped the foe's advance only a few miles south of previous battle lines. Once again, during July, FEAF devoted more than 40 percent of its 12,000 combat sorties to close air support missions. During the Communist offensives, the 315th Air Division responded to demands of the Eighth Army and between June 21 and 23 airlifted an Army regiment (3,252 soldiers and 1,770 tons of cargo) from Japan to Korea. From June 28 through July 2, the airlifters flew almost 4,000 more troops and over 1,200 tons of cargo from Misawa and Tachikawa Air Bases in Japan to Pusan and Taegu airfields in Korea.

These proved to be the last major airlift operations of the Korean conflict. In aerial combat, meanwhile, Fifth Air Force interceptors set new records. Sabrejet pilots fought most aerial battles in May, June, and July 1953 at 20,000-40,000 feet in altitude, where the F-86F was most lethal, and during these 3 months, claimed 165 aerial victories against only 3 losses-the best quarterly victory-loss ratio of the war.

Fifth Air Force and FEAF Bomber Command also continued to punish the enemy through air interdiction, making attacks on the Sui-ho power complex and other industrial and military targets along the Yalu River. In addition, the Fifth Air Force in May attacked irrigation dams that had previously been excluded from the list of approved targets. On May 13 U.S. fighter-bombers broke the Toksan Dam about 20 miles north of Pyongyang, and on the 16th they bombed the Chasan Dam, a few miles to the east of Toksan Dam. The resulting floods extensively damaged rice fields, buildings, bridges, and roads. Most importantly, 2 main rail lines were disabled for several days. Between July 20 and 27 the UN Command bombed North Korean airfields to prevent extensive aerial reinforcement before the armistice ending the Korean conflict became effective on July 27, 1953. 
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  48 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allston, James Hartford, 2nd Lt, (1951-1953)
  • Burbank, Robert, SSgt, (1951-1955)
  • Buttelmann, Henry, Lt Col, (1948-1979)
  • Conover, Peter S, Capt, (1953-1964)
  • Ludwig, Maurice F., Lt Col, (1942-1969)
  • Prater, Paul, MSgt, (1952-1979)
  • Senecal, Francis, A1C, (1952-1956)
  • Simmons, Kenneth, SSgt, (1949-1956)
  • Sundstrom, Einar, Lt Col, (1951-1986)
  • Zoch, Alexander, SSgt, (1949-1957)
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