Support our Troops: Anthony “Tony” Iole 

By Paula Green 

           Germany started World War II by invading Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The battle raged on for six long years, and on Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered, which ended World War II. 

          As time marches forward, the number of veterans who served during this era is dwindling. This month we introduce you to 93- year- old WWII veteran Anthony “Tony” Iole, who recalls his military days. 

         “I graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1942, and I enlisted in the Air Force right out of high school. I tried to become an aviator, but I didn’t pass the physical, so I became a radio navigator instead. I was assigned to a B17 bomber. I went through all of the training, and I was supposed to go overseas. When I was ready to ship out, I received word that my older brother, Jules, was killed in action. He went through the same training that I went through. He was flying in a B38 bomber, and his plane crashed. At the same time, another brother of mine, William, was captured by the Germans,” said Tony. 

         “I went home to be a pallbearer for my brother’s funeral. When I returned to duty, I learned that my crew had shipped off without me. I was then assigned to a bigger ship—a B29. I went through the training and was supposed to go overseas. When my training was over, an Armistice was signed, and I was discharged in Feb. 1945,” Tony said. 

           “I came home and attended Duquesne University. After I graduated, I got a teaching job there. The pay wasn’t the best in the world, so I went into real estate sales. I became a licensed broker and real estate appraiser. I worked for Eastwood Realty. In 1962, I opened my own realty office on Frankstown Road in Penn Hills. It was called All Service Realty, and I worked there for 50 years. After that, I became employed by Allegheny County as an assessment judge. I heard cases for people that did not agree with their assessments,” Tony said. 

            In 1952, Tony married his wife, Marguerite.  They were married for 62 years and had four children, three girls and one boy. For the past three years, Tony has resided at Lighthouse Point Village at Chapel Harbor in Fox Chapel. 

            Northern Connection magazine salutes Tony Iole for his military service and his abiding loyalty to our county.