“We are excited to welcome Gene to manage our unique outreach experiences, educational programs and oversight of the young historians program,” expressed Lyndse Costabile, corporate relations, communications and marketing for the D-Day Squadron. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, especially as a reenactor, historian, father and husband to a beautiful family, based in Simsbury CT.”
Check out Gene’s Background Below
My love of history started as a young kid growing up in the Hudson Valley of New York state. West Point was close, George Washington seemed to have slept in everyone’s house, there was a local Civil War group of reenactors and the local General Aviation airport had been a ferry base during World War 2. My interest in World War II was even closer to home with Grandparents and Great-Uncles who were in the service, but it wasn’t until I met my wife that my interest took a serious turn. Her Grandfather was a paratrooper who served in the 517th PRCT as a member of the 460th PFAB that was originally attached to the 17th Airborne.
Since that time, I have spent a lot of time reading, studying and reenacting with a great group of guys who live in Eastern PA. My interests also run to the aircraft side and it goes without saying that the DC-3/C-47 is my favorite (with the P-47 running a close second). I currently live in Connecticut with my wife, son Isaac, daughter Amelia (yep named for Amelia Earhart), two dogs, five chickens, one tortoise, a turtle and a betta fish. I am the senior pastor of Simsbury United Methodist Church. I spend much of my free time reading, fishing, trying new places to eat and building plastic models.