The efforts of 29-year-old part-time research associate, Edward De Jesus, led to this amazing discovery. De Jesus works at the Dominican Studies Institute at CUNY, and had no idea the extent that his fellow Dominicans had been involved in World War II. It took three years to find the Hostesse connection to the Airmen.

A new exhibit opened this week at the City College of New York featuring other Dominicans who fought in the war. Hotesse’s granddaughter, Iris Rivera, donated photos and other material to the Dominican Studies Institute.

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