HERTZOG, Warren K. 90, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Warren was born in Staten Island, NY, to George and Jean Hertzog on Sept. 9, 1923. He joined the Army Air Corps in August of 1942 and was assigned to attend rotary wing mechanic school, and aerial gunnery school. On completion of training, Warren was assigned to the 348th Bombardment Squadron operating out of Foggia, Italy. He was a crewmember on a B-17 Flying Fortress and functioned as a mechanic and the top-turret gunner. Warren participated in 50 missions over Northern and Southern France, Rhineland, combat in the Balkans, Normandy, North Apennines and Rome-Arno. Some of the decorations and awards he earned are the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with eight bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. After the war, Warren attended the Clarkson College of Technology in Pottsdam, NY, where he studied civil engineering. After, college Warren worked for oil companies at various sites in the United States and overseas. He then formed a burglar alarm company in Virginia Beach, VA, but decided to move to St. Petersburg to be near his aging parents. He opened a cabinet construction company until he saw a need for a company that was capable of repairing air compressors of all sizes. Warren had the air compressor business until he decided to retire. He was a fan of big band era music, jazz and watching all sports on television. He was a member of the American Legion Post 273 in Madeira Beach. Warren is survived by loving friends. Graveside services with military honors will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 10:45 am, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Online memorial and guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 24, 2013