Saturday, December 3, 2016

SSG Melvin America Flammia

SSG Melvin America Flammia, b. 23 Jun 1924 - d. 3 Dec 1944. Son of America and Margaret Mae (Hall) Flammia of Richmond, Virginia. Melvin is on our right with an unidentified friend (a SSG) in England. He was drafted in Jan 1943 and ultimately assigned to E Company 116th Infantry.  Promoted to SGT on 18 Aug 1944 and to SSG on the day of his death, 3 Dec 1944.  SSG Flammia rests in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

Melvin was wounded on D-Day and is shown (but seldom identified) in one of the iconic photos of wounded from that day. This is the second photo we have in which SSG Flammia has been identified (he would have been a CPL or PFC in this photo). He is in the center of the picture. The man facing the camera in front has been identified as Nick Fine.

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