Friday, July 1, 2016

PVT Anthony R. Calia

courtesy of Bessie Savery
PVT Anthony R. Calia was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920 to Leonard and Concetta (Grasso) Cali. Leonard worked at a piano company. In 1939 Leonard Cali had a reported income of $1300.  In 1940, Anthony was working for a printer.  He had a 1939 income of $520 and was still living with his parents.

When Anthony was drafted in September 1942 he was working as a typesetter.  Sometime after he was drafted he married Maimie Joan Passarella. He was trained as an ammunition handler. On 16 Jun 1944, Anthony was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry.  On 1 Jul 1944 PVT Calia was wounded and evacuated to the hospital.  He died of his wounds at the hospital that same day. 

 PVT Calia is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery

A quick note on Anthony's name.  At some point in his military service the name was changed, probably via the inattentiveness of a company clerk.  The spelling, "Calia", was used on his interment record.  Maimie remarried after the war. 

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