Albert L. Pugliese, age 89, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at his home due to complications from a fall in early November 2012.
Born Luciano Alberto Pugliese on September 5,1923 in Philadelphia, PA to Pasquale Pugliese and Lucia Cecchino Pugliese, His three sisters were Julia, Adeline and Catherine. Baptized at Our Lady Of Pompeii, June 15, 1924. Graduated Bayard Taylor School in 1939. Attended Northeast High School until the start of World War II. Married June 3,1943 in Montgomery County, Tennessee to Bernice Joan Woods. Graduated Pennsylvania State University, General Extension, May 25, 1955.
Entered the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 17. Honorably Discharged December 12, 1940. Joined the U.S. Army March 29, 1943. Honorably Discharged December 11,1945. Served under General George C. Patton in the Headquarters Company 702nd. Tank Battalion also known as the "Red Devils". Battles & Campaigns: Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Decorations & Citations: World War II Victory Medal, Croix De Guerre, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Campaign Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars. Honorably Discharged December 11, 1945. Served in the Army Air Forces receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for War Service. Honorably Discharged December 10, 1948. After the war, Al took any job he could find to support his growing family: milk man, grave digger, auto repairman, factory worker, etc. He was a union laborer until promoted to supervisor at Philco Corporation and Waterman's Electronics. At RCA in Moorestown, NJ he was promoted to Director of Manufacturing. Moving to California in 1968 he spent the next forty years working in management for Burrows Corporation, Fender Guitars and Teledyne Systems Corporation being appointed Manager on Staff to the Vice President. Retiring at the age of 70, Al devoted the rest of his life to running marathons.
Al began running marathons in 1979 at the age of 56. He took first place in his age category in San Diego, CA and the rest is history. 70 marathons in his running career over the next thirty years from San Francisco to Boston to Philadelphia to Paris, France where honored to carry the American flag. Competing in 25 LA marathons Al joined the ranks of The Legacy Runners hanging up his running shoes in 2010 at the age of 87. Other interests were horse racing, cruising, and simply "working out".
Al leaves behind a family of nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is survived by Bernice, his beloved wife of seventy years, his son Albert and three daughters Lydia, Susan and Bunny.
Donations can be made in Al's honor to St. Ann Church, Needles, CA, The Legacy Runners at
www.lamarathon.com and World War II Veterans at www.ourwwiiveterans.com
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Published in Daily News-Sun on Feb. 2, 2013