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Naval Air Station Wildwood honors one of their own

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MIDDLE TWP. -  Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum honored one of their own on Sunday.

"I'm very proud to get it," expressed WWII Veteran Robert Francis Bergeron.

Former naval pilot, Robert Francis Bergeron, received his advanced dive-bomber training at Naval Air Station Wildwood in early 1944.

"We are honored to have him here," said Dr. Joseph Salvatore, Chairman of the Naval Air Station Wildwood.

Bergeron had an outstanding career in the navy and was awarded three distinguished flying crosses for actions taken during his tour of the south pacific in late 1944.

"This man is a genuine hero and not too many of them left," said Naval Air Station Wildwood volunteer John Fitzgerald.

"My dad never ever talked about his career of what he did during the war.  He was just very modest and just never said anything, so we didn't know," described son Robert Bergeron Jr.

The 94-year-old WWII vet, doesn't remember much, but he does recalls his experience at the Naval Air Station Wildwood.

"It was a long time ago, I don’t remember much, but I do know it was a good place to be because the war had started and I wasn't getting shot at," explained Bergeron.

His family accompanied Bergeron as he made his return trip from New Hampshire to the naval station.

"Very very happy.  Very proud to have them come out," said Bergeron.

"This ceremony today is just really wonderful and it's a great tribute to my dad.  I'm so pleased that my dad and my mom are getting this kind of recognition,” expressed Bergeron Jr.

"Last time I understood there were almost 800 WWII vets per day passing away.  We better honor them, we better honor them quickly,” said Fitzgerald.

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