PVT James (Gennaro) Pirto was born in June 1890 in Naples, Italy. He was the 2nd child and 1st son of the 7 children born to Lewis and Anna (Diphillipe) Pirto. The family immigrated in 1900 and Lewis worked in Manhattan as a barber. In 1918 the family lived at 2239 Adams Place in New York City.
James was inducted on 2 May 1918. He was almost immediately assigned to M Company 116th Infantry. He sailed for France aboard the USS Finland with his unit departing on 15 Jun 1918. His training in France on trench warfare was probably the only military training that he and many others would get before they went into the trenches in a "quiet" sector. PVT Pirto was killed in action on 8 Oct 1918.
PVT Pirto's body was not recovered and he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.