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Alvin Franklin Bonawitz, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1923
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 14, 2007
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

16 May 2007: Alvin F. Bonawitz, Carlisle, passed away Monday, May 14, 2007 at home. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Catherine Mae Bonawitz, with whom he was happily married to for 62 years. Alvin was born in Millersburg, PA, in 1923 and enlisted in military service May 1943. He graduated from Single Engine Pilot School August, 1944 and served as gunnery pilot and instructor as a U.S. Fighter Pilot in the Pacific Theatre, and adjutant Rescue Boat Squadron on Okinawa. Released from active duty June 1947, he entered the 148th Fighter Squadron, PA Air National Guard in March 1954. He served in subsequent units ending as Aircraft Commander in the 193rd Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, Middletown, PA. He retired as Colonel, PA Air National Guard in September 1972, with 28 years commissioned service. He was recalled to short-term active duty numerous times during national emergencies, such as Arab-Israeli War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Pueblo Incident, and Vietnam where the 193rd Squadron received a Presidential Unit citation with a "V" for Valor. Employed by AMP, Inc. in March 1954, he served in various capacities, including Plant Manager at Carlisle Pike Plant, and Divisional Manufacturing Manager in Harrisburg until his retirement in 1981. His Masonic affiliations include, Master Mason, Cumberland Star Lodge, #197, F&AM, Harrisburg Valley Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, National Sojourners #130, where he was twice Past President, and Hero's of '76 where he was twice Camp Commander. He is survived by sister Fern Smith of Millersburg; daughter Alice Fought and son Alvin F. Bonawitz, Jr., husband of Saundra, both of Carlisle; grandchildren Catherine M. Fought, Jason Bonawitz, husband of Christine, Wayne Fought, Rebecca Cobb, wife of Ervin Cobb III, all of Carlisle, and Alan Fought of Las Vegas, NV. He was also the proud great-grandfather to Isaac, Kelsey, Brandt, Tyler, and Chase, whom he loved dearly. Masonic service Monday, May 21, at The Masonic Temple, Carlisle. Burial Tuesday, May 22, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. [Harrisburg Patriot-News] 
Family links: 
  Charles Edwin Bonawitz (1880 - 1964)
  Alice M. Paul Bonawitz (1886 - 1937)
  Catherine Mae Mataka Bonawitz (1918 - 2005)
  Amy Margaret Bonawitz Goodling (1908 - 2006)*
  Orpha Pauline Bonawitz Snody (1909 - 1936)*
  Lester L. Bonawitz (1919 - 1990)*
  Alice Martha Bonawitz (1920 - 1921)*
  Charles Edwin Bonawitz (1921 - 1994)*
  Alvin Franklin Bonawitz (1923 - 2007)
  Kenneth G Bonawitz (1928 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 35 Site 858
Created by: GerbLady
Record added: May 16, 2007
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Alvin Franklin Bonawitz, Sr
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