SSG Joseph Pecorella was born 29 Jul 1922, probably in Brooklyn, New York. He was the youngest of the 9 children born to Casper and Angelina Pecorella. Both parents were natives of Italy. His father was a painter but died in 1928 when Joseph was just 6 years old. Joseph's oldest brothers and sister supported the family and Angelina never re-married.
Joseph was drafted in February 1943. After his initial military training he was sent to England and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry. We believe he was with the unit on 6 Jun 1944, D-Day, for the landing at Omaha Beach. He continued to fight with the unit. On 25 Jul 1944 PVT Pecorella was promoted to SGT. On 19 Aug 1944 he was again promoted, this time to SSG. SSG Pecorella was wounded on 3 Sep 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit via the replacement depot on 7 Dec 1944. SSG Pecorella was killed in action on 23 Feb 1945.
SSG Pecorella was rrepatriated in 1949 and re-interred in the Linden Hill United Methodist Cemetery in Ridgewood, New York.