Sunday, September 4, 2016

PVT Antonio C. Simone

PVT Antonio C. Simone was born 27 Jun 1925 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of the 3 children born to Carmine and Giovana (Pagruralao) Simone. Both parents were natives of Italy and we know that his father came to the U.S. from near Naples in 1907. His father likely had many jobs and in 1940 was working as a caretaker for a private family earning a reported 1939 income of $1300. The family was living at 43 Pilgrim Street which they rented for $23 a month. Antonio's oldest sister, Mary, had passed away sometime before 1940. Antonio only completed 2-years of high school.

Antonio was drafted in October 1943. After completing his military training including radio operation he was sent to the European theater arriving in England about the time of  D-Day. PVT Simone was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry on 27 Jun 1944 where he was to serve as a radio operator. PVT Simone served in that capacity at Saint-Lo, Vire and as the unit approached Brest. He was killed in action near La Trinite, France on 4 Sep 1944.

PVT Simone rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery.

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