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MIDDLEBURY - James Paul Muzaca, 85, died March 26, 2011, at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, R.I. He was born July 28, 1925, in Woonsocket, R.I., the son of Charles and Evelyn Gauthier Muzaca. James was employed as a design engineer for Raytheon for many years and also served as a consulting engineer for several Health Care industry companies. He developed several unique fusion products for medical chemo treatments and holds several patents for these discoveries. He was also employed by the Department of the Navy working in Naval underwater systems as a design engineer for more than 10 years.

He served in the military during World War II joining the U.S. Army in 1943 and then became a member of the 82nd Airborne Paratroop Division. He landed on Normandy beach and traveled across Europe. He was involved in the fighting during the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Later in life he became a multi-engine pilot and also served as a flight instructor He enjoyed many hours of flying. Woodworking projects became a joy in his retirement years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Louise, of Tiverton, R.I., whom he married in Middlebury on July 23, 1955. Other survivors include his son Mark of Tiverton, and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers William Joy and Alfred Muzaca, and a sister Madeline Raimond

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. March 30, 2011, at St Mary's Catholic Church in Middlebury with Father William Beaudin officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place in St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Middlebury at a later date.

Remembrances in the form of donations may be made to St Mary's School of Middlebury. The Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon is in charge of all arrangements.

Published in Rutland [VT] Herald on March 27, 2011

(courtesy of Alan Lathrop)

Grave markers for James P. Muzaca in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Middlebury (Addison county), Vermont.

James enlisted in the Army at Providence, RI on 30 September 1943.

Pfc Muzaca was a member of Company C and was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for the Holland campaign and Airborne operations