Alfred Pipino Jr.

NAME: Alfred Pipino Jr.

ASN: 13008831

PLACE OF BIRTH: Philadelphia, PA

DATE OF BIRTH: 11 July 1924

DATES OF SERVICE:  1940? to 1941?

                                            July 1942 to 15 August 1944 KIA

UNIT ASSIGNED: A CO 2nd BN 509th PIR

                                B CO 509th PIB

CAMPAIGNS: Southern France

AWARDS (WWII): Parachutist Badge with one Combat Jump Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal

SUMMARY OF SERVICE: Alfred (we called him Fred) was brought up like a lot of veterans of World War II during the depression.  He came from a poor but very close family, in a tough Italian neighborhood. He could make the family laugh at the dinner table just by his being there.  Fred also could be very protective of his family, especially his younger brothers and sister.  He was a leader even back then, telling us how we should stay out of trouble and not hang with the wrong kids, as there would be hell to pay.  Like everyone else of that era he had to earn spending money, because mom and dad had none to spare.  He would shine shoes in front of a store to make some money for himself, or set pins in a bowling alley on Saturdays. He was  excellent at sports, and once swam across the Delaware river (when it was clean).  He also could hit a baseball a long way.  But the most startling thing about him, was the fact that he was able to get into the Army when he was just sixteen years old, around late 1940.  I personally don't know the details but I checked with my older brother who is an Air Corps veteran, and he told me my dad got him out when World War II started because he was too young.  But as soon as he turned eighteen he joined up again this time as a paratrooper (it figures).
(above information submitted courtesy of his younger brother)

11 Jan 1944 - Special Order #4 Pvt. Alfred Pipino Jr. 13008831, Transferred from HQ Airborne Trng Center APO 700 to A Company 2nd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment

10 Apr 1944 - General Order #5 Pvt. Alfred A. Pipino Jr. 13008831, B Company 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion is hereby awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.

Pvt. Alfred Pipino Jr. 13008831 B CO 509th PIB Philadelphia PA 15-Aug-44 MIA or Buried at Sea Rhone Am Cem, Draguignan, France Southern France, MIA Bronze Star, Purple Heart 390 Stand in the Door Charles H. Doyle
 

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