|courtesy of Marijke Taffein|
PFC Michael Romano was born 7 Apr 1896 in Naples, Italy son of Pasqual and Madalena (Russi) Romano. His father immigrated in 1898 and brought the rest of the family over in 1901. His father was a laborer and the family live at several addresses on Columbus Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut.
After being drafted, Michael was assigned to M Company 116th Infantry and sailed for France with that unit aboard the USS Finland. Departing Hoboken, New Jersey on 15 Jun 1918, the ship arrived in the port of Saint Nazaire on 28 Jun 1918. They then went through trench warfare training after which the Division was stationed on the front lines in a "quiet" sector. CPL Romano went through the intense fighting in October but was killed in action on 9 Oct 1918.
PFC Romano is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.
Older brother, James Romano, served in France with Field Hospital #3, 26th Division attaining the rank of PFC.