Bio: Terrio, Cleo C. - 1st Lt. (Posthumous Award - 1944)
Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt
Surnames: Meloy, Terrio
----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 9/30/2016
Originally published in the Abbotsford Tribune, September 21, 1944
Frank H. Terrio received the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, which was posthumously awarded to 1st Lt. Cleo C. Terrio of the Air Corps, at a formal ceremony at Post Headquarters, Truax Field, Madison, Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock.
The solemnity of soldiers passing in review headed by a military and, preceded the presentation of the medal with an accompanying citation by Brig. Gen. Vincent J. Meloy, of the United States Army, to Mr. Terrio and daughter, Miss Anne Terrio, of Madison. Parents of two other Wisconsin soldiers were also given posthumous awards at that time.
In memory of 1st Lt. Cleo C. Terrio, killed in a bomber crash in England, Oct. 24, 1943, Mr. Terrio has the Purple Heart, for wounds in action and the Air medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious achievement.
The following is the working of the citation:
“For meritorious achievement while participating in ten (10) separate bombardment missions as navigator of a B-26 airplane, over enemy occupied territory, where enemy anti-aircraft involved great personal danger to all members of the crew. Under these trying circumstances, the courage and skill displayed by these individuals reflect the highest credit upon themselves and the armed forces of the United States.”
Obituary - 1st Lt. Cleo C. Terrio
Interment: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
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