Americo P. Colaizzi
Pvt. Americo Colaizzi and his father stand outside their home on Apple St. in Pittsburgh, PA. He was on leave 25 Dec 1942.
NAME: Americo (George) P. Colaizzi
PLACE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF BIRTH: 1921?
DATES OF SERVICE: 10 Jul 1942 -
UNIT ASSIGNED: 509th PIB
CAMPAIGNS: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome Arno
AWARDS: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, EAME Campaign Medal with arrowhead device and four bronze star devices, World War II Victory Medal
SUMMARY OF SERVICE:
10 Jul 1942 - Enlisted at Pittsburgh, PA - NARA Enlistment Record
|ARMY SERIAL NUMBER||13087898||13087898|
|PLACE OF ENLISTMENT||3298||PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA|
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY||10||10|
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH||07||07|
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR||42||42|
|GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION||PVT#||Private|
|BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION||BI#||Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA|
|BRANCH: CODE||00||Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA|
|FIELD USE AS DESIRED||#||#|
|TERM OF ENLISTMENT||5||Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law|
|SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL||0||Civil Life|
|YEAR OF BIRTH||21||21|
|RACE AND CITIZENSHIP||1||White, citizen|
|EDUCATION||4||4 years of high school|
|CIVILIAN OCCUPATION||134||Shipping and receiving clerks|
|MARITAL STATUS||6||Single, without dependents|
|COMPONENT OF THE ARMY||6||Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10|
|FILM REEL NUMBER||1.124||1.124|
There were four brothers in the war. Mario, Albert, Rumalo and George. Mario was in the Air Corps in the pacific and the other three brothers were in Africa. The other three brothers ended up in the same hospital in Africa.
Went by the nickname George because he lived in Georgia for a time.
Married Ada from Naples, Italy who came to America as a War Bride.
George introduced Roland Leone to Anna from Naples, Italy who also came to America as a War Bride
Tech 5 Americo Colaizzi geared up to make a jump. Photo believed to be taken in Jul 1943 at Kairouan, Tunisia where the 509th PIR was bivouacked in an olive grove outside of town. Many items of interest are in this photo. 3"x5" American Flag on left shoulder worn by 509th in 1942 and 1943. Standard M1 Carbine, 509th PIR was not issued Paratrooper Carbines unitl much later, having left the US before they went into production. Finally, the white cotton hand stitched around the lower edge of the pockets to prevent seams ripping apart from heavy objects in pockets.
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