BATAVIA, N.Y. - A member of the greatest generation from Buffalo is finally being recognized for something incredible he did while serving in World War II.
Now 92 years old, Former Sergeant Joseph Dispenza enjoys life from the comforts of a veterans home in Batavia. It's not a bad way to spend your golden years when you were once a member of a flight crew that experienced something so improbable the army had initially written all of them off as dead.
The year was 1944 and America was fighting World War II in Europe and the Pacific. One of the most the popular songs back home was "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer," which was dedicated to the brave men who flew dangerous missions. One of them was Dispenza, who was just 21 years old when he became the tail gunner for this B-24 D Liberator named the "Blessed Event."