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Sgt Zolton J Dobovich

  • Birth 19 Sep 1925 Allentown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 1 Nov 1946 Departement de la Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Burial Wrightstown, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot R1 2916
  • Memorial ID 102488397

SSGT Zoltan Dobovich, an Allentown native, was one of eight men who were killed while on board a B-17G Flying Fortress. The heavy bomber aircraft was flying from Naples, Italy to Bovingdon, England when it crashed into the French Alps.

After the fatal accident, several attempts were made to locate the men. While some initial remains were recovered in 1947, none of the soldiers were individually identified. The recovered remains were buried in a single grave at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Between 1972 and 1975 as well as 1979, more remains were recovered at the crash site in Aiguille des Glaciers, primarily by Italian military authorities, but were still unidentified. Finally, in 1983, Italian military personnel recovered more remains from the site and were able to identify Dobovich through DNA testing.

Dobovich's remains were flown in, with an honor escort, from an Air Force base in Hawaii to Philadelphia International Airport on Christmas Eve, according to the Burlington County Times. The remains were taken to Perinchief Chapels, on 838 High Street in Mount Holly, New Jersey. A funeral service for Dobovich will be held Thursday, at 11 a.m., at Perinchief Chapels. Interment and military honors will then take place at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in North Hanover Township, New Jersey.

Dobovich was survived by a niece and two nephews. The Burlington County Times reports Dobovich was a radio operator who enlisted in the Army two years after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

(By David Chang, NBC10)


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  • Created by: truchasnm
  • Added: 22 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102488397
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Zolton J Dobovich (19 Sep 1925–1 Nov 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102488397, citing Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by truchasnm (contributor 47143330) .