Monday, June 6, 2016

PVT Vincent James Mastrorilli

courtesy of Skip Farrow
PVT Vincent James Mastrorilli was born 8 Aug 1920 in Terlizzi, Italy.  He was the only son and first born of 4 children of Stanislas and Francesca (Bisceglia) Mastrorilli. His parents were also native Italians and the family immigrated in 1938 arriving aboard the SS Vulcania on 5 September of that year. Stanislas was a stone mason.

Vincent was living at 6 Purdy Street in Harrison, New York (in Westchester County) when he was drafted in April 1943.  Sent to Camp McClellan, Alabama he chose to apply for naturalization in October 1943.  At the time he was assigned to C Company 24th Battalion 7th Regiment Infantry Replacement Training Center. From there he was sent to England and assigned to E Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault that was to be part of the invasion of occupied France.  He took part in that effort with E Company on 6 Jun 1944 and was wounded. Evacuated to England, he died of his wound(s).

PVT Mastrorilli rests forever in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Coton, England.

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