Albert J. DeCaria

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April 25, 1925 ~ November 27, 2018

Albert was born in Ogden, Utah to Domenick and Assuntina (Villella) Decaria.

He was graduated from Ogden High School and joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. Albert was a genuine hero who lived a humble life, but this story, as retold by his son-in-law, Ryan Moore, needs to be preserved: On the day of December 17, 1944, Albert was a 19 year old Belly Turret Gunner on a B24 Bomber, on this day he was on his 25th mission over Germany, the number that many flight crews never reached. Al's plane was the lead plane on this mission and as they neared target they lost 3 super chargers on their engines. They remained at altitude until they dropped their bombs but immediately radioed the deputy lead that they could not maintain altitude and had to drop out of formation. As their plane was dropping down the deputy lead slid into position too soon and came down on their number one engine cutting the deputy lead plane in two and it went down killing all on board. Almost immediately the Navigator, Nose Gunner and Bombardier bailed out over target and the Bombardier was killed on the way down, the other two were captured. On Pa's plane there were the Pilot, Engineer and Assistant Engineer with him and the pilot turned the plane on a heading to Italy. As nightfall approached the pilot turned the plane over the mountains of Yugoslavia and gave the order to bail out. Al said it seemed like forever for his chute to open. When he came down, he landed among a half dozen buildings and older women and children who picked up his chute and took him inside. After dark some men came and escorted him across the mountain to a village and reunited him with the rest of his crew. A four day trip of walking and sometimes riding got them to a town where they were evacuated back to their base in Italy. Albert, flew on 7 more missions.

When he came home he married Donna Houser and they later divorced. Albert moved from Ogden, Utah to Heyburn Idaho in 1965, where he established his own business in the housing industry. He then married Deanna Shelton and lived in Heyburn until 2011, when they moved to St. George, Utah.

Albert is survived by three brothers, Joe Decaria, Victor Decaria, and Jess Decaria. Two sisters, Mary Colaizzi and Teresa Whiting. Albert has a son, Stephen Decaria and a daughter Teena Moore. In addition he has four grandchildren,51 nine great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren

Deceased's Funeral Arrangements:

Graveside service December 3, 2018. 11:30 a.m.

Tonaquint Cemetery, Saint George, UT, US, 84770

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