River Edge resident Karnig Thomasian was held prisoneer in Rangoon, Burma
At the age of 18, Karnig Thomasian left high school to join the Air Force during World War II to serve as a B-29 gunner. While serving as an Airman, Thomasian took part in a mission to bomb the railroad at Rangoon, Burma. The mission later became known as the Rangoon disaster as Thomasian and 28 other men were taken prisoner after being shot down. At the time he was 21 years old. Thomasian recently shared an excerpt from his autobiography, "Then There Were Six: The True Story of the 1944 Rangoon Disaster" to a crowd at the First Congregational Church of River Edge.