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George J. Ocavage

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Branch: Army Air Force
Service Number: 32077440 Rank: Staff Sergeant Unit: 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 425th Bombardment Squadron


George J. Ocavage was the youngest sibling of the Ocavage family having several sisters (Helen, Mary, Margaret, Agnes, Frances, Marcella, and Anna) and a brother, Anthony. He was born to Lithuanian immigrant parents John and Margaret on March 2, 1919 in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A small coal mining community located in Schuykill County, approximately 70 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Most of the town residents at that time were also primarily of Lithuanian descent. His father John was employed at the nearby Silver Creek Mine had passed away just prior to George's second birthday. 

The Ocavage children would go to get their education at the Sacred Heart Parochial School in New Philadelphia. Here, Anthony and George participated in a play on September 11th and 12th of 1931. “Corporal Eagen” was a hit show which contained a pageant, minst…