Anthony J. "Tony" Vaquero Jr. (78) was born in Syracuse, NY. Before enlisting, he lived in Solvay, NY and worked at a local factory. He served in the military from February 1952 to February 1956. During his the period of service, he flew from Japan to Tague and then landed in Kimpo Air Force base near Seoul. After about a week, he flew to Kangnung on the east coast of Korea and traveled by truck to a mountaintop site, where he remained from January 1953 to November 1953. He served in Detachment 4,608th AC+W Squadron, 502 TAC Con. Group, as an A/1C (Buck Sergeant). Vaquero was a radio operator at the mountaintop radar site and was a Radio Operator/Monitor of UHF and VHF frequencies for aircraft in distress or emergency. He participated in the Winter and Spring-Summer 1953 Campaigns. For his efforts, Vaquero received the following honors: Good Conduct Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Defense, UN Korean Service, and National Defense. After returning to the United States, he was assigned to Pope Air Force Base (Fort Bragg, NC) and then Robins Air Force Base in Georgia for the last two years of his service. Later, he returned to Syracuse, where he worked at a factory and attended Syracuse University from 1956 to 1960. He then worked in the Syracuse school system from 1960 to 1988.
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