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Carrabus, Dominic

Dominic Carrabus
Army Air Force
Middle Island

 


The Carrabus family moved to Middle Island from Flushing in 1932 and lived on a farm just north of the East Middle Island School which the children attended.  After elementary school they attended Port Jefferson High School.

Dominic Carrabus was born on August 9, 1917 in Flushing New York .He was the oldest child born to John and Josephine Carrabus. They moved from Flushing to Middle Island in 1932. The family had a working farm on Yaphank Middle Island Road. Dominic attended Port Jefferson High School. Besides helping his parents work their farm his first job was with the New York State Conservation Department. Before the war he was working at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale.

He enlisted in the Army Air Force on September 15, 1942 at Camp Upton. As a Private he spent 16 months with the 306 Airbase Unit. His next assignment for 12 months was with the 406th Airbase Unit. Rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant he was attached to the 94th Air Depot Group. Dominic’s final assignment would be with the 36th fighter Group. He was involved with the engagements at France, Belgium, Germany and the Battle of the Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe. He would be discharged on January 6th 1946 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

After his discharge Dominic and his wife Josephine settled in Patchogue N.Y. He went to work for the Veterans Administration and retired from there in 1974. Dominic was an active member in the Knights of Columbus. He worked tirelessly for years fund raising for many community projects. Dominic continued those efforts until his death on October 24, 2004.

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