Although he rarely spoke about it for many years, he was also First Lieutenant Barton, Bombardier - Navigator in the 8th Air Force. He flew 19 successful missions, but was shot down on the 20th in July of 1944. He broke both bones in one leg and dislocated his ankle. But he was a lucky one, as four of his crew were killed in the crash. Barton, who landed on an Austrian Alp, was captured by the Germans and held captive for almost a year. Yet not only did Barton survive the crash, he survived captivity, living on a starvation diet of a slice of black bread for breakfast and boiled rutabagas for dinner.
Barton was recipient of the Air Medal with two clusters, the Purple Heart with two clusters, the Prisoner of War Medal and has been interviewed for the Library of Congress WW II history series. In June he celebrates his 98th birthday.
Especially moving is the talk that describes his personal World War II combat and POW experiences which resulted in a continual array of interesting and sometimes unbelievable consequences over the last 73 years. Don’s talk this Memorial Day will contain new stories and a very important glimpse into an aspect of history that few have ever heard.
The Cheshire Community Action Team has elected new board members for 2018. Cofounder and past Chairman Fred Goodnow will take the reins from outgoing Chairman Stephanie Kunes. Stephanie will remain on the board to chair numerous ongoing projects. Susan Vitek was reelected to the Treasurer position. Pat Vitek will be take over as Secretary replacing retiring member Michelle Chiavarino. The entire Board thanks Stephanie and Michelle for their great leadership in moving the organization forward through various crucial stages of the Theatre and Meeting Hall project during their tenures.
The new CCAT Board and its many dedicated volunteers have set forth on a very aggressive agenda for 2018. With all the required architectural drawings now complete, thanks to the generosity of Torchia Structural Engineering, the Board will submit applications for necessary work permits that will move the Theatre/Meeting Hall project into the restoration/construction phase. Additionally, CCAT will continue their community events that include the Old World Spaghetti Dinner (Mar.9), 2018 Capital Campaign, Memorial Day Parade and Picnic, Children’s Halloween Party at Onanda Park, and the famed Halloween Night/TP celebration.
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