PVT John (or Giovanni) Bottaro was born 9 Mar 1895 in Vogogna, Italy a son of Pietro Bottaro. John came to the U.S. in 1910 aboard the SS La Touraine. After coming to the U.S. he apparently lived with his Uncle John after whom he had been named. Like his uncle, John worked as a stone cutter in Barre, Vermont. In 1917 he declared his intention to become a U.S. citizen.
He was working as a stone cutter in Barre when he was inducted (drafted) in May 1918. He was then assigned to G Company 116th Infantry and transported with that unit to France aboard the USS Finland. PVT Bottaro was wounded in the Molleville Farm action and died of his wound(s) on 24 Oct 1918.
According to a Vermont state report, PVT Bottaro was buried in Italy.