Sunday, November 27, 2016

PFC Tony Andrew Molea

courtesy of BitsyBee
PFC Tony Andrew Molea was born 13 Jan 1923 in Keewatin, Minnesota. Some of his military records give his date of birth as 9 Oct 1921. He was the youngest of the 5 children born to Tony Andrew and Antonette (Bevacqua) Molea. Both parents were natives of Italy. His father worked in the iron mines and as a custodian.

Tony voluntarily enlisted in October 1942. We next see that he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944. Due to the tremendous losses suffered by A Company on 6 Jun 1944 in the Omaha Beach landings, a number of soldiers were "cross-leveled" into A Company from other companies and PVT Molea was one of those soldiers. He was transferred from B Company to A Company on 15 Jun 1944. He fought with A Company until wounded on 22 Jun 1944 when he was evacuated to hospital. He was returned from the replacement depot to A Company on 7 Aug 1944 to serve as a light machinegunner. On 23 Aug 1944 PVT Molea was again transferred, this time to C Company 116th Infantry to serve as a rifleman. He then fought with C Company until wounded on 16 Sep 1944 and evacuated to hospital. PFC Molea returned to C Company from the hospital on 4 Oct 1944. PFC Molea was transferred yet again on 6 Nov 1944 when he returned to A Company 116th Infantry to serve as an ammo bearer. He then fought with A Company until killed in action on 27 Nov 1944.

PFC Molea was repatriated and re-interred in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing, Minnesota.

His only brother, Frank Joseph Molea, also served during the war as a Military Policeman in Fort Mason, California.

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