Bayonne mourns the loss of 100-year-old resident and WWII vet

Carmine Ianora was well-known for his expertise with watches and clocks

A World War II veteran and 100-year-old Bayonne resident has died, according to Mayor James Davis.

“I was very sorry to learn of the passing of Carmine H. Ianora, a 100-year-old resident of Bayonne and World War II veteran,” Davis said. “He was well-known in Bayonne for his many years of service as a civilian employee and contractor at the Military Ocean Terminal. Many residents also knew Carmine for his expertise with watches and clocks. In January, we were happy to give him a proclamation for his 100th birthday and to honor his great service to our country. On behalf of the City of Bayonne, we would like to extend our condolences to Carmine’s family and friends.”

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Ianora was born in Brooklyn. A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, Ianora enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.

Based in Guam, he served in the Twentieth Air Force, which was responsible for the B-29 bomber commands operating in the Pacific Theater, according to Davis. Ianora, a private, supported crew members who contributed to the end of the war with continuous bombing raids on the Japanese mainland, including the deployment of two atomic bombs days before Japan’s surrender.

After his military service, the Army sent Ianora to watchmaker school where he learned that trade, which he used as a second job throughout his life, Davis said. His main job was at the Brooklyn Navy Yard until it closed in 1966. He transitioned to the Military Ocean Terminal-Bayonne (MOTBY)/Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC), supervising the motor pool and transit activities on the base.

When the Army sought to outsource motor pool supervision, Ianora saw it as an opportunity to bid for the contract. According to Davis, Ianora and his wife, Rosalie Girgenti Ianora, created Car-Ro, Inc. in 1984, and won the bid to continue supervising the motor pool as a private contractor through 1987.

Ianora was married to Rosalie for 58 years until her passing in 2004. They are survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

The Ianoras traveled extensively throughout the U.S. following their retirement. Ianora continued to repair watches and collect coins in his retirement and enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh.

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