NEW BRITAIN - The Golden Kielbasa golf tournament has chosen a 94-year-old World War II veteran from central Connecticut as its honoree this year.
Ed Riccio Jr. survived the attack at Pearl Harbor and a second close call when he had to land a bomber with no flight training after the pilot and co-pilot were killed.
Riccio, an Army Air Corps mechanic, went on to attend flight school in Australia and served as 25-year career as a reservist, retiring as a major. He later flew for a private air cargo carrier, owned Ed’s Amoco in Bristol, and worked for many years as an engine mechanic with Pratt and Whitney, the Golden Kielbasa organizers said.
Riccio and his...