Superior couple serves in WWII before falling in loveJohn D. Cronin joined the U.S. Army on Oct. 15, 1940. He served in New Guinea, Papuan and the Philippines as an automotive mechanic.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
John D. Cronin joined the U.S. Army on Oct. 15, 1940. He served in New Guinea, Papuan and the Philippines as an automotive mechanic.
Virginia M. Cronin served as a registered nurse in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant. She was stationed in the India and Burma campaigns.
That was before the Superior couple met and fell in love following their service in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
The couple will be honored Friday with a flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. The event is free and open to the public.
John Cronin served in the army for four years and nine months, earning five Overseas Service Bars, the Good Conduct Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star and one Service Stripe.
His wife earned the American Defense Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Victory Medal and three Overseas Service bars.
The Superior natives met after the war and married July 20, 1946. They had one daughter, Kim (Cronin) Johnston. John Cronin died in 1996. Virginia Cronin died two years later. Their pictures and information will be displayed at the Bong Center for a week.