Italian American WW2 Hero: Joseph Anthony Longo

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Launched in 2020 to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative.

This entry is a special submission from NIAF friend Stephanie Longo in honor of her late grandfather.

Joseph Anthony Longo was born on September 21, 1916, in Guardia Lombardi in the Province of Avellino, Italy, and arrived in the United States at age 11 in 1927. The Longo family settled in Scranton, Pa. He entered the US Army on June 27, 1945, and served until August 5, 1946. He served at the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Fort McClellan, Ala.

As first cook, Mr. Longo supervised and directed the activities of 12 mess hall workers in the preparation of meals for a company of 200 enlisted men. He also assigned personnel to duties and…

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