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Irene Pelfrey, widow of Curtis E. Pelfrey, receives a sign replica during a bridge dedication ceremony Aug. 24, 2006, in Melissa. Pelfrey served as a radio operator with the U.S. Army Air Corps' Air Transport Command in World War II. He completed 78 missions over the "Hump," a desolate, dangerous north-south spur of the Himalayas in the China-Burma-India Theater characterized by dense jungles, uncivilized natives and violent weather.
Gallery: Memories of World War II
Jan. 07, 2009 @ 01:44 PM
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, ushered the United States into World War II on Dec. 7, 1941. It changed the lives of millions of Americans who put on their country's uniform and went into battle.