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Updated: 12/02/2017 08:30:00AM

Venice man helped keep Navy flying

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A picture of John Denike was snapped on Green Island, in the Solomon Islands during World War 2. He and his repair crew fixed Navy airplanes until war’s end.

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John and Marian Denike’s wedding day, Nov. 6, 1943. The couple got married on base at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, R.I. They were both 22 years old at the time.

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John Denike is 96 and a resident of Venice.

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John Denike worked as an aviation repair sheet metal worker for Schweitzer Aviation in the Elmira, New York, area building glider planes before World War II. So when he joined the Navy in 1941, he was immediately advanced in rank to a third class petty officer without attending boot camp.

For the next 2½ years, he repaired Navy airplanes in a hangar at Quonset Point.

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