Tony Zuelsdorf, a veteran of World War II recently donated DVD's, magazines and writing supplies for our troops, having remembered from his time fighting as a pilot in Korea how important these items were to him and his fellow aviators. In a conversation with Tony, he mentioned not only that he served in the Korean War as first an air traffic control Operator, but later as a First Sargent of the Flying Squadron his last 13 years with the 109th wing of the Schen.ANG. His oral history is recorded on U Tube courtesy of the NYS Military Museum. He also taught 10 years in the Education Dept. of the Empire State Aeronautics Museum.
However, Tony was not the only Zuelsdorf who was an aviator during wartime. His older brother, Melvin became a B-17 Navigator in the 483rd Heavy Bomb Group, 817th Bomb Squadron and flew 32 combat missions. As the Group Leader Navigator, on April 19, 1945 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Military honors were bestowed when he was interned at the age of 92.
Another brother, Jerome became a fighter pilot in the 16th Air Depot Group. At the time he was the youngest test pilot in the Air Force. He served from 1942-1962, having flown 30 DIFFERENT aircraft.
It is interesting to note that his father was a medic during World War I, returning home to father 3 distinguished aviators.