February 7, 1921 in Wilmington Delaware, son of the
late Michael and Rosa (Cataldi) Fierro, Mr. Fierro graduated
from Wilmington High School in 1939.
enlisted in 24 July 1943. He proudly served in World
War II as part of the 39th Bomb Group on the B-29
Superfortress “Hell’s Belle”, dedicated
to the City of Wilmington.
a mission flown on April 30, 1945 he was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross.
all, he flew over 425 combat hours in the Pacific
Theater and was awarded 8 commendations including
the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.
had the unique distinction of having his crew's B-29
named after his home town - click here
to read a transcription of the 1945 article.
1946 Albert married Marie Ventresca Fierro. They have
2 daughters and 1 son and 5 grandchildren.
working in the family business since he was eight
years old, Albert assumed ownership and operation
of the Italian cheese business in 1946 and later formed
M. Fierro and Sons, Inc. He was President of the firm
until his retirement in January 2001. His love and
dedication to the family business was well known and
admired by all who knew him.
Mr. Fierro was devoted to the Knights of Columbus,
volunteering his service since 1960. A 4th Degree
member of the St. Pius X Council, he served in many
positions particularly focused on The K Of C National
Bowling Association where he served as a Director
and was responsible for bringing six National Bowling
Tournaments to the City of Wilmington. In 1985 he
was inducted into the National Bowling Association
Hall of Fame. Mr. Fierro was twice named Knight of
the Year and received numerous awards for his 25 years
of service to The Seminarian Fund. In 1987 he was
awarded The Voluntary Service Award from the Veterans
Administration and The Man of the Year Award from
The Columbus Day Committee. He spent countless hours
in support of The Little Sisters of the Poor, The
Bayard House and The Serra Club. He was a lifelong
member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church.
L. Fierro, died Saturday, December 3, 2005 at
the age of 84
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St.
Anthony of Padua Church, on Wednesday, December
7 at 12:30pm. Entombment will follow at All