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 Domitilio Lucero

Domitilio Lucero

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Death 24 Oct 2012 (aged 89)
Barstow, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100143396 · View Source
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Late WWII veteran to get Silver Star
Former Barstow resident to also get Purple Star, Presidential Unit Citation
November 04, 2012 11:35 AM, Daily Press.

BARSTOW • A local World War II veteran is set to receive the Silver Star — the nation's third highest award for combat valor — along with two other military awards posthumously Monday in Newberry Springs.

After a gallant act during in 1944 that left Domitilio Lucero in recuperation for 27 months, he received the Silver Star, Purple heart and Presidential Unit Citation. However, the awards were stolen during his recovery time and he became aware of them only recently, more than 70 years later.

Monday, a ceremony is planned to award the honors, though Lucero recently died at the age of 89.

Lucero had been a sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He was the bottom gunner of a B-26 aircraft in the Battle of the Bulge in Ahrweiler, Germany when the aircraft was gunned down and crashed behind enemy lines.

He was severely injured but showed extraordinary valor by returning to his post crawling to inform his pilot of enemy aircraft positions.

Brigadier General Terry Ferrell of Fort Irwin, who is also a Silver Star recipient, will present the awards posthumously to Lucero's wife, Viola Lucero, Monday in Newberry Springs. In attendance will be Lucero's family, color guard, chaplain and a bugler.

After a stint at the naval shipyard in Long Beach, Lucero went to work at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow in 1972, San Pedro Today reports.

Lucero was a member of the Barstow Disabled American Veterans for 30 years, the Barstow V.F.W. and The Past Commander's Club of the American Legion. He also served as past commander and chaplain of the Newberry Springs American Legion Post 751 and was named the Honorary Mayor of Newberry Springs on Dec. 7, 1996.

According to close friends and family, Lucero passed away peacefully on Oct. 24 at Barstow Community Hospital. A memorial service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Barstow and burial service at the Riverside National Cemetery are pending.

Lucero's surviving relatives are his four sons, who also served in the military, his grandchildren and his wife Viola "Vie" Lucero. One of those sons, Vincent Lucero, became a security guard in Victorville after serving in the Army, according to San Pedro Today.

DOMITILIO "DOMINIC" LUCERO Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather and friend passed away on October 24th, 2012, at Barstow Hospital; he was born on May 3rd, 1923, in Socorro, New Mexico to Rufugio and Eliseo Lucero. Dominic served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was the bottom gunner of a B-26 aircraft during the Battle of the Bulge in Ahrweiler, Germany when the aircraft was struck by enemy fire and crashed behind enemy lines. Friendly partisans rescued Lucero and one other survivor from a crew of five. He spent 27 months in various military hospitals. On November 5th, 2012, at the Newberry Springs American Legion Post 751, General Ferrell from Fort Irwin presented the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation posthumously to his wife, Viola. Lucero was a member of the Barstow Disabled American Veterans for 30 years, the Barstow V.F.W., Past Commander's Club ofthe American Legion. He also served as Commander and Chaplain of the Newberry Springs American Legion Post 751 and was named Honorary Mayor of Newberry Springs on December 7th, 1996. He is survived by his loving wife, Viola, sons Elroy (Mary Ann), Steve (Kristie), Vince and, Gerald (Charlene): daughters Carrie and Sheryl Garrard, and numerous grandchildren. Viewing at Mead Mortuary - November 29th, 2012, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Rosary- November 30th at 9:00 A.M. - St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barstow Mass to follow at 10:00 A.M. Burial - Monday December 3rd at National Cemetery, Riverside at 12:30 P.M. Published in the Daily Press on November 28, 2012.


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  • Originally Created by: Charles Lay
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100143396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Domitilio Lucero (3 May 1923–24 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100143396, citing Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .