Charles J. Glownia

Birth
New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 25 May 2004
Burial New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 197780502 · View Source
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GLOWNIA, Charles J.
Charles J. Glownia of Village Gate in Farmington passed away Tuesday (May 25, 2004). Charles was born in New Britain and lived most of his life there.
He is the husband of Margaret "Margie" (McCarthy) Glownia.
He attended local schools and graduated from New Britain Senior High School.
He was a member of Saint Dominic Church in Southington. He was employed at the Fenn Mfg Company in Newington for 18 years as Personnel Director. He was employed at the State of CT for 22 years, retiring in 1991. He performed various duties in the examination and classification sections at State Personnel as well as Personnel Director at the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital.
Charles served in the U S Army Air Corps during World War II as a 1st Lt. Attached to the 48th Bomb Squadron-41st Bomb Group 7th Air Force. He saw combat duty in the Central Pacific, while stationed at four different Atolls, Tarawa, Apemana, Eniwerok and Kwajlein. He successful completed 31 Combat Missions in the Central Pacific, however on the 32 mission while flying a low level bombing attack over the enemy held island of Ponape, His plane a B25 with a six man crew was shot up and crashed into the Pacific Ocean a short distance from the shores of Ponape. One crew member was killed in the crash and another died soon after. Glownia received severe back injuries and lacerations on both legs. he and the other crew members managed to get out of the plane into a raft other B52'S flew over head for hours ready to assist in case the enemy sighted and attacked the raft that was a short distance from the shore of Ponape. A Navy Catalina Flying Boat attempted a rescue but the water was too rough after two days a U. S. Destroyer rescued them. After being released from the hospital in Hawaii he spent over a year teaching at March Field CA.. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart two Campaign Ribbons, a Presidential Unit Citation and a Certificate of Appreciation from Commanding General Hap Arnold. He was a Life Member of both The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans.
Charles leaves besides his devoted wife, Margie (McCarthy) Glownia; he leaves his daughter and her husband, Kathleen G. and Edward Zering of Plainville. A brother, Alphonse Glownia and his wife, Fay of Yonkers NY; two sisters, Mary Gurski and Helen Kavalauskas both of New Britain. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, at Saint Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Road, Southington. Entombment will follow in Saint Mary Cemetery in New Britain.
Information from the Kenney-Luddy Funeral Home, 205 South Main Street
An obituary was published in The Hartford Courant on May 26, 2004


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  • Created by: Starfishin
  • Added: 23 Mar 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 197780502
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles J. Glownia (unknown–25 May 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 197780502, citing Saint Mary Cemetery, New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Starfishin (contributor 48860385) .