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Col Frank R Cappelletti
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1917
Beaver County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 2007
Safety Harbor
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

Cappelletti, Francis R. "Frank," 89, of Safety Harbor, formerly of St. Pete Beach, died Wednesday (Feb. 28, 2007) at home under the care of his wife, Rose, and Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Koppel, Pa., and moved to St. Pete Beach in 1992 from Annandale, Va. In 1998, he moved from St. Pete Beach to Safety Harbor. He graduated from Laval University, Quebec City, and entered the Army Air Forces in 1940. He completed navigation training with Pan American Airways, Coral Gables, in 1941 and was assigned to the 19th Bomb Group, a B-17 outfit. He was at Clark Field in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 8, 1941, and he flew 91 missions against the Japanese throughout the Far East Theater of Operations. He pioneered the North Pole flight from Alaska to the North Pole and back to Fairbanks, Alaska, before civil aviation used the polar route from the United States to Europe. He later was assigned to Strategic Air Command Headquarters under Gen. Curtis LeMay. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis operation and also served in the Vietnam War. His awards and medals included the Distinguished Flying Cross with cluster, Silver Star with clusters and Air Medal. He retired as an Air Force colonel after 30 years service and then worked 11 years for the Defense Department and civil service. He worked three years as a volunteer for the Smithsonian Institution, translating documents from Russian into English. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in St. Pete Beach, the Military Officers Association of America, Boys & Girls Club and Kiwanis. In addition to his wife of 15 years, survivors include a daughter, Martha Sewell, Falls Church, Va.; three stepsons, Dr. John Vanzo, Bainbridge, Ga., Leonard Freed, Clarksville, Tenn., and Dr. Frederick Freed, St. Pete Beach; a brother, Joseph, Maine; two sisters, Assunta Langevin, Vermont, and Sister Dora Cappelletti of the Passionist Order, Hereford, England; and three grandchildren, Francesca, David and Sofia Marie Freed. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

St. Petersburg Times (FL)
Date: March 3, 2007
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  Rose Pauline Giuliani Cappelletti (1929 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Colonel U.S.Airforce
Mio Cuorossimo
Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Pinellas County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section B
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Record added: Feb 28, 2011
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Col Frank R Cappelletti
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Col Frank R Cappelletti
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Col Frank R Cappelletti
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 Added: Feb. 28, 2011

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