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« on: February 12, 2018, 09:41:02 PM »

February 2, 2018

Lt. Col. Marie F. Oliva
Wing Headquarters Squadron
California Wing

Marie Frances Oliva died November 16, 2017 in Arcadia, CA. "Ree" was born August 20, 1926 in New Rochelle, NY to Italian immigrants. Having lived in the Arcadia, CA area since 1950, she was a teacher of brass musical instruments, primarily trumpet. A Lieutenant Colonel in Civil Air Patrol, she formed and was the commander of Squadron 11 of Arcadia. In 2015 she was awarded a Congressional Gold Metal honoring civilian volunteers of Civil Air Patrol during World War II. She is survived by loving family and friends in New York, Connecticut, California and Hawaii.

Provided by CAP Gold Medal site:
Marie F. Oliva, 91 Arcadia, CA
Oliva was a founding member of her Connecticut Wing cadet squadron in 1943. She moved to California in 1950 and has maintained CAP membership. She was instrumental in arranging for a California Wing band to play in the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

Provided by California Wing Bear Facts:

Other living recipients of the Gold Medal included Lt. Col. Marie Oliva, who started the Norwalk, Conn., Composite Squadron in 1943 and later founded the L'L Gabriel Band Squadron in California Wing in 1960 (see article: Lt. Col. Marie Oliva: WWII CAP Officer and Hero) ; and Genevieve Guiffrida, who joined the Worcester, Mass., squadron as a cadet in 1943, then later moved to California.

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Greg Putnam
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