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Stanislaus A. Antos, Marine Corps pilot April 3, 1920 -- Dec. 5, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Stanislaus A. Antos of Kenmore, a retired Marine Corps major who received his pilot's wings and commission at Pensacola Naval Air Station in a graduation class that included future President George H.W. Bush, will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Florian Catholic Church, 587 Hertel Ave.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Donald J. Siwek Funeral Home, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Mr. Antos, who was born in Virginia, Minn., died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 86.

He moved to Buffalo with his family when he was a boy.

Mr. Antos was a graduate of Riverside High School and lacked three credit hours for graduation from Canisius College when he entered the Navy during World War II.

He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and was involved in flying Marines wounded in the Battle of Iwo Jima to hospitals.

He flew observation and other sorties in the Korean War and was credited with downing one MiG fighter.

Mr. Antos later volunteered for duty with the Navy Deep Freeze Operation in the Antarctic and was stationed there from 1956 to 1958. He received a commendation for being the first pilot to fly a P2V7 ski-equipped plane from California to the Antarctic.

He was a member of the Polar Bear Pioneers. His diaries of the expedition are recorded in the archives of the University of Ohio and mention that he contributed to the design of the official medallion of Our Lady of the Snows for crew members stationed in the South Pole.

After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1963, he taught pilots for Delta Airlines and McDonnell Aircraft for more than 20 years.

He returned home in 1991. He was presented his Canisius history degree by the late Rev. James Demske, who was a classmate when both entered World War II service.

Mr. Antos lectured about World War II at Canisius for several years.

Survivors include his wife and childhood sweetheart, Freda Lacinski Antos; two sons, Ronald and Joseph; and two sisters and two brothers.


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