Ino Was a War Hero

Posted November 12th, 2013 by Albert DeCiccio Ph.D., Provost, Southern Vermont College

Signorino Crisa was my uncle.

His family and friends called him Ino.

Ino was a war hero.

 

Signorino Crisa was in the Air Force.

He flew in a bomber over North Korea.

His plane was shot down, and he was captured.

 

Signorino Crisa was rescued soon after his capture.

He came home to his wife and son.

Ino was a war hero.

 

Signorino Crisa was a changed man.

His family and friends said he was shell-shocked.

Less charitable folks said he was LMF, Low Moral Fiber.

 

Signorino Crisa lived into his eighties.

He spent more than sixty years in the Veterans’ Hospital.

They played “Taps” and gave his family a flag when he died.

 

Signorino Crisa was my uncle.

He called my dad Theodore, but his name was Robert.

His fingers were orange from the cigarettes he smoked.

 

Signorino Crisa was my uncle.

His family and friends called him Ino.

Ino was a war hero.

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