Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SSG Gerard Francis Sena

SSG Gerard Francis Sena was born 6 Mar 1910 in Luzzi, Italy. He was the youngest of 7 children born to Guiseppe and Filomena (Montemurro). He immigrated with his mother and siblings in 1913. The family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania living at 521 Haines Street. Guiseppi died at age 77 in 1931. Some of the family including Filomena moved in with Gerard's brother William at 722 East Haines Street which he owned and was valued at $3000 in 1940.

Gerard was drafted in May 1941. He would have been sent to a regional training center and assigned to a unit. It is probable that he had experience as an infantry leader because he was a SSG when transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944. He fought with the unit as a squad leader through operation Cobra and in the early days of the fight to liberate Brest, France. SSG Sena was killed in action on 7 Sep 1944 in Brest.

SSG Sena is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

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