#VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Force Veteran Domitilio Lucero


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Force Veteran Domitilio “Dominic” Lucero. Dominic served during World War II.

Dominic was a bottom gunner of a B-26 aircraft during the Battle of the Bulge in Ahrweiler, Germany, when the aircraft was struck by enemy fire and crashed behind enemy lines. Dominic was one of the two members of his crew to survive the crash. He was a recipient of the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation. Lucero was a member of the Disabled American Veterans for 30 years and served as Commander and Chaplain of the Newberry Springs American Legion Post 751.

All four of Dominic’s sons served in the U.S. military. He passed away in Barstow, California, in October 2012.

We honor your service, Dominic.

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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


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Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.