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Passenger Profile: WWII Veteran Roy O. Bruno

veteran profile roy brunoRoy O. Bruno, U.S. Navy Veteran, is one of the Rail Runner’s most senior passengers. Rail Runner staff met him a few weeks back at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, where he came to receive his Freedom Pass. Mr. Bruno, who was born in 1918, served our country during World War II.

“I was a sniper specialist,” said Bruno of his time in the service. “I was in the Navy. I had many qualities for unusual military maneuvers, so I was often loaned to other facilities. I literally worked all over the world.”

Bruno was born in upstate New York. After leaving New York, he moved to Arizona where he worked in copper mines and a copper smelter for a number of years. In 2003, Bruno relocated to a small farm outside of Estancia, NM, where he lives with his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Marco Banales.

Prior to receiving his Freedom Pass, Bruno held the Veterans Annual Pass, which he used to travel between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

“When his son visits from Arizona, we have taken him and his grandchildren on the train to Santa Fe to go play tourist,” said Marco Banales, Bruno’s son-in-law and also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “We have done this a number of times with different family members and relatives who visit from upstate New York.”

Bruno and his family are planning another trip on the train this fall when relatives from out of town will visit for his 99th birthday.

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