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509th Composite Group


Joseph Papalia
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Honorary member of the 509th
Composite Group

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Since 1984, I have been involved with the 509th Composite Group as both an honorary member and historian. It has been my privilege to have associated with them through their reunions and other related functions. They are a dedicated group of men and women who served their country in bringing an end to a war that defeated the enemies of democracy. This collection of photographs and other related ones attests to their determination and sacrifice in achieving this goal. In the words of the philosopher, George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Joe Papalia

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Air Power

Air Power

Military Combatants


Images Of War

Images of War

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509th Newsletter
Fall 2016


Observations on
"Killing the Rising Sun"


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509th Veterans & families Outstanding Unit Award more...

Los Alamos-Life on the Hill by Larry Johnston

Paul Tibbets Interview by Studs Terkel

Dropping The Atomic Bomb - By Richard Russell

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