From a contemporary press report:
Alexander Joseph Crucioli, 81, a chief master sergeant and aircraft mechanic who retired from the Air Force in 1970, died of cancer May 20, 1999 at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he had gone for treatment. He lived in Falls Church, Virginia.
Sergeant Crucioli was a native of Donora, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of the Institute of Aeronautics in Pittsburgh and the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers Academy.
He served in Panama during World War II and was later assigned to Germany and England. He was crew chief of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's airplane, Columbine.
Sergeant Crucioli was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Non-Commissioned Officers Association. He attended St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Falls Church.
His marriages to Elizabeth Crucioli and Willyce Crucioli ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, a son and daughter from his second marriage, a brother, and a sister.
CRUCIOLI, ALEXANDER JOSEPH
(Chief Master Sargent USAF)
On May 20, 1999, at Oakland VA Hospital, Pittsburg, PA of Falls Church, VA. Father of Ronald, Richard, Joseph, Catherine Medlam; brother of Bertha Vega and Emilio Crucioli. Friends may call at NATIONAL FUNERAL HOME, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA, on Thursday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.. Services will be at Ft. Myer Chapel, Friday, June 4 at 9:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard