Ever the Patriot: Recollections of Vincent J. Riccio, World War II Veteran and POW

By Candace R. Salem

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


Like many Americans, as soon as Vincent J. Riccio heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor he wanted to enlist in the military. This memoir recounts his experiences in the United States Army Air Corps as an Instrument Technician, Aviation Cadet, and Flight Engineer in World War II. It describes his escapades during training and deployment, the missions flown over Germany, the fateful events that led to his captivity in Stalag Luft IV, and the long road to his eventual return home. It reflects his impressions of military service, the people he met, and the lessons he learned along the way.



Despite an avid interest in history, and European history in particular, Candace didn’t find out that her father, Vincent J. Riccio (1921-2004), had been a Prisoner of War in World War II until she was in high school. Even then, her father declined to elaborate on his experiences. Several years would pass before Riccio agreed to discuss the war with his children. The result was a four-hour video recorded in 1991 in which he recounted his story from enlistment through to repatriation at the end of the war. Salem’s first publication, “Ever the Patriot” was born out of a desire to preserve the legacy of her father and other brave Americans who fought in World War II. A native of Connecticut, Candace Riccio Salem currently works as a freelance technical writer, editor, and trainer.


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Despite an avid interest in history, and European history in particular, Candace didn’t find out that her father, Vincent J. Riccio (1921-2004), had been a Prisoner of War in World War II until she was in high school. Even then, her father declined to elaborate on his experiences. Several years would pass before Riccio agreed to discuss the war with his children. The result was a four-hour vide...


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