CPL Anthony A. Cobbino

CPL Anthony A. Cobbino

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 10 Aug 1944 (aged 20–21)
Natal, Município de Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Burial Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot North Saint Theresa Ave., Grave: 43 & 44 East Rear
Memorial ID 134120855 · View Source
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Killed when B-29 Superfortress #42-24482 crashed on takeoff, Parnamirim Field, at Natal, Brazil. 58th Bomb Wing, enroute to C.B.I. theatre of operations, during World War II.

Nine crew were killed:

CPT Austin J Peek - Pilot
2LT Willard R Heintzelman - Navigator
2LT Leroy Judson
2LT Dale E Shillinger
TSGT Harold R Brown
SGT Kurt F Seeler
CPL Anthony A Cobbino
CPL Walter R Newcomb - Bombardier
CPL David C Prendiz

Entered the service from Massachusetts; ASN 31300635.

Anthony A. Cobbino enlisted on March 2, 1943 in Boston. His family was living in Somerville. He grew in Boston with his parents, Gabriele and Maria, two older sisters, Josephine and Flora and his younger sister, Marjorie. The family moved to Somerville by 1930. His parents bought a home on Evergreen Ave. in 1937. Anthony was 14. In 1940 all was going well in the Cobbino family. Anthony's father was a cement finisher doing building construction. In the 1940 census the family is listed under the name of Cobbins. In 1942 Anthony's father enlisted for the draft of WWII, he was 52 years old. The family even had a telephone. Life was still going well for the Cobbino's, until August 10, 1944.

The only son of Gabriele and Maria Cobbino, 21 year old, CPL Anthony A. Cobbino and 8 other members of the crew perished when their plane, a B-29 Superfortress #42-24482 crashed on takeoff, at Parnamirim Field, Natal, Brazil. One member of the crew survived, 2LT John F. O'Neill, who suffered major injuries. The lives of 10 families were shattered and never the same.

There was, for along time after CPL Anthony A. Cobbino's utimely death, a great deal of sadness in the Cobbino home. On February 1, 1958 Gabriele lost the love of his life, Maria, to a horrendous disease and sold the family home on Evergreen Ave. on April 15, 1958. Gabriele remarried and by August 1961 the marriage ended. Gabriel was 71. By August 1961 there was a change in spelling of CPL Anthony A. Cobbino's fathers' name from Gabriele to Gabriel on all legal documents. WWII changed a lot of families lives in the way it changed the Cobbino's.

We have very few of our WWII veterans still living. If you have the privilege of meeting one, be kind, thoughtful, respectful and thank them for their service. If you have the honor of meeting any veteran from any war or conflict, please do the same. Our WWII veterans are dying rapidly. Statistics say that in less than 5 years we will have less than 100,000 WWII veterans still living and lucky if any make it through the end of the next decade. I have personally lost every member of my family that served in WWII or Korea. I had the honor of knowing and going through high school and beyond with CPL Anthony A. Cobbino's nephew. CPL Cobbino's younger sister, Marjorie buried her only son in February 2012. Marjorie (Cobbino) Pass passed away 3 months and 18 days later. Marjorie was the last of the four Cobbino siblings. CPL Cobbino has two nieces, a nephew and 2 great nieces, that I know of.

CPL Anthony A. Cobbino's enlistment record is below:

Anthony A Cobbino
United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Anthony A Cobbino
Name (Original): COBBINO ANTHONY A
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 02 Mar 1943
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1923
Education Level: 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Skilled occupations in electroplating, galvanizing, and related processes
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: 52
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 31300635
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923

1930 Census

Name: Anthony Cabbino
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 6
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1924
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relationship to Head of Household: Son

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Gabrial Cabbino Head Male 40 Italy
Millie Cabbino Wife Female 30 Massachusetts
Josephine Cabbino Daughter Female 11 Massachusetts
Flora Cabbino Daughter Female 9 Massachusetts
Anthony Cabbino Son Male 6 Massachusetts
Margorie Cabbino Daughter Female 2 Massachusetts

1940 Census

Name: Anthony Cobbins
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Ward 4, Somerville, Somerville City, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Last Place of Residence: Same Place
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1924
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relationship to Head of Household: Son

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Gabriel Cobbins Head Male 50 Italy
Camella Cobbins Wife Female 43 Massachusetts
Josephine Cobbins Daughter Female 21 Massachusetts
Flora Cobbins Daughter Female 19 Massachusetts
Anthony Cobbins Son Male 16 Massachusetts
Marjorie Cobbins Daughter Female 12 Massachusetts



Front Marker Inscription:


1896 - 1958 1890 - 1975

1923 CPL. ANTHONY A. 1944


Rear Marker Inscription:



1927 JOSEPH J. PASS 2001
1957 WILLIAM J. 2012


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Anthony A. Cobbino (1923–10 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 134120855, citing Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Deb (contributor 49124509) .