Corporal Zaccaria was able to meet
Rose Marie. Their meeting was documented
newspaper article seen below.
Marie's Kiss Seals Romance
Monte Proser, Rose Marie, Carmine M. Zaccaria
After meeting for first time yesterday.
an overseas correspondence of more than
two years, a former Army Air Force corporal
and a blonde singing star of screen and
stage, in whose honor a famed B-24 bomber
was named, met yesterday for the first time.
ex-corporal is Carmine Michael Zaccaria
of Thorndike Street, Revere, discharged
only last week from the Army after 24 months
of combat action in the Pacific, and the
singer is Rose Marie, one-time child star
of the movies, who has a leading rome in
"Spring in Brazil," the new musical
comedy opening next Monday at the Shubert
Theater. For almost three years, Carmine
and Rose Marie wrote letters to each other,
at least twice a week. Rose Marie sent the
corporal some dozen photographs, and she
was his No. 1 pinup girl. And it was through
Carmine, attached to a ground crew of the
13th Air Force, that his pet bomber was
named the "Rose Marie," with a
life-size picture of the blonde singer painted
on the fuselage.
in the Record-American office, these two
ardent correspondents met face to face--and
exchanged a warm and ardent kiss. "It's
swell to meet you at least," said Rose
that goes here," Carmine answered enthusiastically.
HULA SKIRT GIFT
had a present for Rose Marie. It was a white-fringed
hula skirt, made of rayon from a parachute.
He has a picture of the "Rose Marie"
too-and this picture, for "good luck,"
Rose Marie will tuck into her costume when
she makes her entrance in her first musical
comedy role next Monday.
told Rose Marie all about the "Rose
Marie." The ship survived 94 missions,
and despite being twice shot down by enemy
fire, is still functioning in the Pacific
as a transport ship.
Marie was accompanied to the Record-American
office by Monte Proser, co-producer of the
musical, who had interrupted rehearsals
of the show to arrange the meeting between
will be right up front at the theater next
Monday night to bring "good luck"
to Rose Marie.
very proud Corporal Carmine Zaccaria with
his "Rose Marie"