Monroe Stanley Wolyn

  • Died: July 30, 2013
  • Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home

820 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Tel. (615) 893-2422

Tribute & Message From The Family

Monroe Stanley Wolyn, age 90, passed away July 30, 2013 at the Alvin C. York Veterans Hospital, Murfreesboro, TN. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York and lived in Rutherford for the past few years.

Monroe was preceded in death by his parents, Sol and Pauline Wolyn. He is survived by his wife Juliet Mary Wolyn; step-son, Simon Foord of Murfreesboro and step-daughter, Jane Elizabeth Hodge of England

Visitation will be 9:00 AM until time of memorial service at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home with military honors. Jennings and Ayers; 820 South Church St.; Murfreesboro, TN 37130; 615-893-2422. Please leave condolences at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of you Juliet always in my thoughts both good friends get on touch please

Posted by enid carpenter - fallbrook, CA - friend   July 29, 2014

I never met Monroe,but by the medium of the internet came to know him and appreciate his sense of humour over the last six yeas of hie life
I originally contacted him when researching for a book about a wartime incident in which he was involved. he gave generously of his time and knowledge, although he was reluctant to tell me of his wartime bravery, he and his colleagues deserved the highest honours
Since then we have been in regular contact, I will miss his e-letters. He was a fine man, my condolances go to all members of hs famil

Ken GreenChichester

Posted by Ken Green - Chichester - friend   August 12, 2013

My most sincere condolences to Juliet and family. Monroe will be greatly missed - by us all. I knew his name when I was but a wee lad, long before I ever met him, from the stories of my father. Finally, late in life, I was to connect with Monroe himself. I was so happy to get to know him and tried to make up for lost time. I pestered him from every angle about planes, war, stalags, whisky, and planes again. He never lost patience, spoke the truth, strived for accuracy, and almost always followed with a witty joke. He was instantly an inspiration to me; he became my aviation maintenance mentor, my war hero, and most importantly, my friend. I know he is now cruising heaven on Laughter-Silvered Wings.

Posted by Britt Duncan - Fayettevile, GA - Friend   August 06, 2013

T/Sgt. Wolyn - no Better friend to his crew, no Worse enemy to the nazis! Monroe was the nose gunner in our B-24 and later B-17. He served with me from the creation of the 487th Bomb Squadron, to our last mission, to being captured, and eventual repatriation at the end of hostilities. We went through two shootdowns together are the only two who survived the second. Monroe stayed with me through transport the Dulag as PoWs and was able to translate most of what our captors said. He challenged them at every turn and made them consume every bit of time and material to hold and interrogate us. He even made them have to refurbish his holding cell at the Dulag using the only weapons at hand: his dogtags, his wit, and his never quit spirit! He wrote anti-Hitler graffiti on every bare spot of every wall, accessible to him, with those dogtag and they had to take interrogation effort away from the other prisoners to clean it up. Every little bit helped and he wouldn't give them an inch leeway. He caused unscheduled rotation of the guard at the Stalag because he influenced so many against the nazi cause. At first capture in the middle of Lake Muriz, they tried forcing him to row but he faked exhaustion made them exert to get him to the shore. He never gave up winning the war for us in whatever way he could, even behind barbed wire. He was an outspoken Patriot, a valued crewmember, and above all a loyal American. The enemy just did not have a chance once Monroe volunteered for duty. Happy Landings Sarge. I'll fly with you anytime!

Posted by Col Joe Duncan - Rockport, TX - Pilot, WW2 Bomber Crew   August 05, 2013

I worked with Monroe (altho we called him "Harry", a hold over from his days in New York. I always admired his sense of humor and his common sense way of handling any and all situations.

He knew of my interest in WW II aviation and always had a story about his experiences in the 8th AF and always could answer my questions about his time in the service.

He was a good man. My thoughts are with his family.

Ron Fleishman

Posted by Ron Fleishman - Camarillo, CA - Friend/Co-worker   August 05, 2013

Mr., Wolyniu3 was my lead man on my early years as a Mechanic with TWA.

We are very sorry for your loss.

Juan and Zella Livotto

Posted by Juan A. Livotto - Los Angeles,, CA - Friend   August 04, 2013


Deepest Sympathy to the whole family, our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Posted by QUARLES FAMILY - MURFREESBORO, TN - FRIEND   August 03, 2013

RIP Monroe. You experienced first-hand the worst atrocities this world could manifest yet you never let it tarnish your spirit and golden sense of humor. It spoke volumes of your integrity and I am fortunate to have been considered a part of your family. Thank you for taking care of my Nana.

Posted by Anthony Galaz - Redlands, CA   August 02, 2013

Monty is a very good friend. We worked together many years in Los Angeles. He was a very good aircraft Mechanic and a very good leader of men. I talked to him often via the internet the last few years, I will miss that.

May GOd bless him and keep him safe.


Posted by LuVern Dokter - Oklahoma City, OK - Friend   August 02, 2013

So sad to hear of the passing of a dear friend Monroe I am thinking about you Juliet Love you Enid.

Posted by Enid Carpenter - Fallbrook, CA - friend   August 01, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family.

Posted by Paul and Barbara Serina - Dothan, AL - Friend   August 01, 2013

I was fortunate to know Monroe for the last few years, and I guarantee it would take a Sunday edition of the Tennessean to detail his life stories. He was one of the Greatest Generation and was very proud to have served our country in an hour of its greatest need. He loved life and had a very full one. I hope he gets the rewards he is entitled to and is able to look down on us and say 'Well Done". I and my friends who met him will always remember him as the 'Sarge' and wish him well on his new flight.

Posted by Sid Creasey - Deltona, FL - Friend   August 01, 2013


We are saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Monroe. He will be greatly missed. We love you Juliet.

Posted by Tom and Gloria Creasey - Murfreesboro, TN - friends   August 01, 2013