PC Ben Carbone passed away on Wednesday, May 29th at the age of 95. He joined UCT in 1951, a 68 year member.
He was a Past President of Providence Council 67 and served as the Publicity Director for the New England Regional presidents for many years until declining health became an obstacle to attending events. He did continue to take pictures for Providence Council and was happy to share them with all of his subjects.
At the age of 94 and a veteran from Rhode Island, he was honored for his service in World War II more than 70 years ago. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on Friday, November 9, 2018 presented Benjamin “Benny” Carbone with medals he earned for his actions during the war.
During the November 9th ceremony, Benny received several medals and awards, including: the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star & Silver Star Attachment; World War II Victory Medal; Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII; Good Conduct medal; Marksmanship Badge & Rifle Bar; and the Army Aviation Badge Basic.
Benny joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943 at the age of 19. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 15th Air Force, 98th Bomb Group, 344 Squadron in Lecce, Italy, and completed 50 combat missions as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 aircraft, a long-range bomber known as “the Liberator,” by the time he was 20 years old. As a ball turret gunner, Staff Sgt. Carbone was charged with protecting the plane from enemy fighter aircraft and operated out of a cramped glass bubble jutting out of the plane with two .50 caliber machine guns.
After being honorably discharged from the service on October 25, 1945 Benny began his life-long career as a Master Plumber where he started a company with his brother called the “Carbone Brothers.” After ten years, he was approached to become the Plumbing Inspector for the City of Providence, a job he held for 25 years, finally retiring in 1985.
Ben was brother-in-law to Charlie and Carol Cavallaro. He married Charlie’s sister Carol in 1950. She predeceased Ben in 2014.
He is survived by son, Steven B. Carbone of Scituate, RI, daughter Sharon (Nichols) Souza, of Cranston, RI. He was a loving grandfather to Stephanie Nichols, Stacey Nichols, Kerri Carbone, and Joseph Carbone and his wife Annalisa. He was a great-grandfather of 5. He was a wonderful brother-in-law to Charles Cavallaro, his wife Ethel of Johnston, James Cavallaro, his wife Janet, and to Dotty Carbone.
More details will be published when arrangements are complete.