Women’s Club honors veteran DiNardo

Recognizing military veterans is a Bedford tradition. On Dec. 11, the Bedford Women’s Club will recognize Bedford resident Anthony DiNardo for his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II and for showing his love for America in his recent memoir, “Across the Tracks: An Immigrant’s Journey.”

DiNardo immigrated to America in 1929 with his mother. His father, Rocco, had left Italy four months before his son was born. Rocco had a job in the Pittsburgh mills and sent money for his family to join him years later.

DiNardo attended junior high school, where he chose an academic curriculum and joined the Boy Scouts. His troop experiences were a big help in his learning English.

In high school, he attended one of the best public schools in Pittsburgh. He graduated soon after Pearl Harbor and volunteered for the Aviation Cadet Program of the Army Air Corps.

After training, DiNardo was assigned to the South Pacific and flew 39 missions as a bombardier on a B-24 named “Male Call.” The pilot, Harry Blum, sometimes flew 40 hours straight. The entire crew survived.

In October 1945, DiNardo was home working in his old machine shop job and pursuing an education through the G.I. Bill of 1944. On Dec. 24, 1947, DiNardo and Elly ware married. In the spring of 1949, he received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He also found a mentor, Dr. Percival Hunt, professor emeritus of English, whose legacy was: “To strive to say, exactly right, something worth saying.”

Later, he earned a law degree from Duquesne University. He moved to Boston with Elly and his four children to take a position as personnel manager at Stop and Shop. He retired in 1986 as senior vice president of Stop and Shop.

In his retirement, DiNardo found time to explore his love of writing. He wrote “Rogue’s Pawn,” a suspense novel set in Massachusetts and internationally. His memoir, published in 2014, expresses graphic detail about his training and experience as a bombardier and his optimism as he pursued his education and career.

Recognition of DiNardo will take place at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony conducted by the Bedford Women’s Club at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The Town Memorial Tree is on Bedford Center Road, near the corner of Church Road, in front of the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

The community is invited to attend. Members of the Bedford High School Chorus will close the ceremony with song.

For more information, contact Nancy Herper at 471-0892.