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Charles Hajko.

Charles V. Hajko, Sr., 93WORCESTER - Charles V. Hajko, Sr., 93, flew his last mission on October 29, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving family as his spirit was lifted from these earthly bonds to eternity. Charlie was born on July 25, 1921 in Schenectady, New York, the son of Valerya and Frank Hajko. He moved to Worcester with his family in 1923.When Charlie was growing during the depression, he had a great aptitude for mechanics and had a desire to fly. At the beginning of World War II Charlie joined the Army Air Corps and was assigned to fly in B-26 Marauders, alias the "widow maker". He served as the lead ship radio operator and waist gunner. His unit was a part of the 387 Bomb Group, the famous Tiger Stripe Marauder Group, in England and France. He flew in an amazing 112 missions over France and Germany, including the D-Day invasion. Many men never got to see their 25th mission.T/Sgt. Hajko was awarded the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters, the American Defense Service Medal and the European- African Theater Campaign Ribbon with three bronze stars for service in Normandy, Northern France and the Air Offensive European Campaigns. Belatedly, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1966 for his heroic actions in World War II.He also served his country again during the Korean War as a radioman on hospital planes airlifting wounded servicemen.Charlie was always proud of serving his country and was active in American Legion and VFW. He was elected "Veteran of the Year in 1986 and was Worcester Veterans Council Post Commander. Charlie was a fighter for Veterans' rights his entire life. He also was an active and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and US Steelworkers, local 2285.Charlie was married to his sweetheart Jane Adamowicz on November 22, 1945. He built a home on Electric Street in Worcester mostly by himself. Working for Wyman-Gordon Co. he became a press forger at the Air Force plant in North Grafton, from which he retired after thirty-three years.Charlie and Jane had 4 children, Patricia (Tucchio) of Stonington, CT, JoAnne (Childs) of Yarmouthport, Charles Jr. of Tennessee and Steven of Brimfield MA. Charlie is also survived by nine grandchildren. Besides a house full of loving children, Charlie and Jane helped a number of foster children in the 50's and 60's. He is survived by his wife, Jane, who resides at St Mary's Nursing Home in Worcester. He was predeceased by his sister Marcella Brazoza, brothers Henry and Frank Hajko, and his grandson, Adam.A funeral service will be held following visiting hours on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Wards St. Private burial will be in the National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.www.worcesterfuneral.com

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Title Annotation:Obits
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Oct 31, 2014
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