Gladu, Donald Philip

Born February 15, 1920 in Framingham, Massachusetts, and raised in nearby Ashland, passed away July 27, 1999.

Donald Gladu PFC

A 16 year old graduate of high school with 3 years at the Lowell Institute of M.I.T., he entered the workforce as a journeyman surveyor and insurance claims photographer in New England. He enlisted in WWII, attaining the rank of staff sergeant in the 3rd Army Air Force Combat Camera Unit, 8th Air Force, 325th Photo Wing. His tour of duty included postings in Hollywood, California and London, England.

Sgt. D.P. Gladu from a group shot of the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City California (circa 1943)

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After his discharge from the military, he found his true calling as an architectural and design model-maker with Atkins & Merrill Co. in Sudbury, Massachusetts.


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