Click here to view The Record Newspaper obituary article dated August 5, 2015, which tells of John Barteluce born to a family of seven children in Hackensack and his service during four wars.

  John Barteluce served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and then in his late seventies, he flew Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol flights because of a shortage of pilots on March 2001. Then
September 11, 2001 occurred and he spent the next three years flying Auxiliary patrol flights for the Coast Guard.

         

One of his most memorable flights was on July 21, 1961, transporting Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom of the Mercury Project.  Click here to view information on Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom.
         

Click here to view photo and information on the F4F Wildcats plane and the Baby Carrier USS Nehenta Bay which John Barteluce flew combat missions from during World War II.
 
Written by:
Bob Meli
September 20, 2015

 

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