Bernie Corona, 85, Still Helping Fellow Veterans



By Suzanne Carlson

But Corona agreed to an interview, hoping that sharing his experiences might spur others to help veterans.

That attitude — doing whatever it takes to help others — is what keeps Corona, 85, volunteering as a veterans’ advocate and driver for those who need a ride to medical appointments. “I enjoy doing it,” said Corona, a Hartford native who spent 39 years in the military. “I know I’m helping somebody.”

A lifelong sports fan, Corona played varsity baseball as a catcher at Bulkeley High and with the Hartford Cubs, a team made up of teenagers formed in 1946. They racked up a winning record and claimed titles in the East Hartford Twilight League and Hartford playoffs. Corona was voted MVP in 1949, but the Cubs disbanded the following year, when most players left to fight in Korea.

In 1951 at age 20, he enlisted in the Air Force with six friends from Hartford. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Corona said.

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