MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Leonard Brodsky, 85, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2005. He was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa. He attended Overbrook High School, Rising Sun School of Aeronautics and Grove City College. He entered the Army Air Force in 1943, and was stationed at Fort Bragg. He flew 56 combat missions over eight European Countries in a B-24J Liberator. He was awarded the Air Medal with eight clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation, the ETO, and the Good Conduct Medals. On March 19, 1945, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism during an aerial flight. His crew flew the first aircraft back to the States from Europe, landing at Fort Bragg. Mr. Brodsky owned and operated a clothing store for 30 years in Morgantown, W.V., before retiring to Florida in 1981. He won first place in Over 55 5K Run in 1993. He was a member of the Kiwanis, Temple Israel, Jewish War Veterans, and a contributor to community editorials. Mr. Brodsky is survived by his children, Mark (Paulette) Brodsky of Brewer, Vicki (Wayne) Owens of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Howard (Donna) Brodsky of San Martin, Calif.; and seven grandchildren who kept his email box full. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity. Private graveside services will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Florida Memorial Funeral Home in Rockledge is in charge of arrangements.