World War II veteran searching for long-lost friend who may be in Ann Arbor area
photo by David Parsons
Angel Banuelos, 88, lives in California and is terminally ill, his daughter Becky McDonald said in an email. Banuelos is hoping for a final chance to reconnect with a man named John Fredrick Alloway, 92, who served with Banuelos in World War II. The two men have not seen each other since the end of the war.
McDonald said that despite having some records and some leads, they have not been able to locate Alloway.
Banuelos and his family have heard that Alloway and/or a relative may be living in the Ann Arbor area, and they hope that this article will lead to information about Alloway or his whereabouts.
McDonald wrote that Banuelos and Alloway were military police serving under Gen. George Patton. "Since I was a kid I have heard story after story of John and my dad and their time fighting in WWII. My dad has expressed how much he would like to be able to contact him, one more time before he passes," McDonald wrote.
David Parsons, a friend who is working with Banuelos on writing a memoir, has taken a number of photos of the veteran and posted interviews with him on YouTube (see below). He said Alloway was originally from Lansing and enlisted in the Army in Detroit on March 25, 1941.
Angel Banuelos reflects on John Alloway: