Chester Diolanti Fought in 3 Wars: World War II, Korean War and Vietnam

ABC 7 Chicago reported the life story of a 95-year-old Arlington Heights man who served his country in the Air Force, fighting in not just one war, but three – World War II, Korean War and Vietnam.

Lt. Col. Chester Diolanti, age 95, who lives in the Moorings in Arlington Heights retirement community, said he is susceptible to forgetfulness due to a recent stroke. On Veterans Day on Monday, Diolanti talked about his days as a lieutenant colonel. He was born in 1923 in Evanston.

“The saddest part was seeing a bomber go down, you see because there were nine guys on the airplane. They didn’t lose a wing or anything, centrifugal force would keep them in the airplane and they can’t get out,” Diolanti said.

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ABC 7 Chicago | Arlington Heights man, 95, fought in 3 wars






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