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Storycorps hears from Akron veteran of World War II
Recorded at Akron Summit County Public Library
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Fred Tomei and Amie Cajka
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The Italian immigrant parents of Fred Tomei couldn't read or write English so someone else had to translate their son's draft notice. He was the last of four boys to be called up for service in World War II. It wouldn't be long before the 19-year-old Freddy was huddled in the bottom of a landing craft headed for Omaha Beach on D-Day as a member of the 29th Division, 115th Infantry. He told his story to a friend of the family, Amie Cajka.
WKSU Storycorps Tomei Cajka

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Fred Tomei kept in touch with that neurosurgeon, Dr Lipscomb,  who worked on him in Wales, trading Christmas Cards each year.      Tomei received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.   
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My Uncle Fred, Victor, and Johnnie and my Dad Joe. Can you imagine having four sons all tapped to go to war? They are our heroes.

I still keep the photo taken upon their return. Check it out at: http://academics.rmu.edu/~tomei/brothers_tomei.jpg

Thanks to these members of the "Greatest Generation!"


Posted by: Lawrence Tomei (Pittsburgh PA) on November 11, 2009 1:48PM
This was a wonderful interview. We hear the war stories from Joe all the time. Thanks to all the veterans.!!


Posted by: Joyce Tomei (Akron, Ohio) on November 11, 2009 12:53PM
Thank to everyone and especially Amie for sharing my Dad's story. He is our hero.
We owe a world of thanks to all of the veterans!
THANKS


Posted by: Dave Tomei (Akron, Ohio) on November 11, 2009 9:41AM
Great interview, you both sounded great, what an experience that must have been for Mr. Tomei, thanks for keeping us safe.


Posted by: Carolyn Heimann (Maryville, TN) on November 11, 2009 9:30AM
That was awesome!! everyone in the breakroom at work was listening : )


Posted by: ali myers (charlotte,nc) on November 11, 2009 9:00AM
Thanks Amie, my Dad sounded great!!!!!


Posted by: Gina Myers (VA) on November 11, 2009 8:30AM
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