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Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial is near the town of Nettuno in Italy. The site holds the remains of 7,861 fallen who died during the campaigns to liberate Sicily (Operation Husky: July-August 1943), Salerno (Operation Avalanche: September 1943) and the Anzio-Nettuno beachhead (Operation Shingle: January- May 1944). The names of another 3,095 missing servicemen are commemorated on the Wall of Missing inside the chapel. Art and architecture further honour the deceased and a museum outlines the critical military campaign in Sicily and Italy.

A temporary cemetery was established at Nettuno on 24 January 1944, two days after landing at Anzio during Operation Shingle. Following the War, the remains of servicemen resting in other temporary cemeteries in the region were reinterred at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery by the American Graves Registration Service. The permanent cemetery was designed by Gugler, Kimball and Husted and landscaped by Ralph Griswold, the site was dedicated in 1956. Sicily-Rome American Cemetery is owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/sicily-rome-american-cem...

Connections

People

  • Leon Abel

    Military | Sergeant
    Enlisted in New York. Served in Air Force 15 with 429th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Group, Heavy. Died 10 Feb 1944. Buried in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.

  • Donald Alyea

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned 773BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Missing in Action Blechhammer 10-Dec-44 Hit by flak crashed Adriatic Sea Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10689 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Richard Bach

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

  • Bradie Bills

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Salzburg 11-Nov-44 mechanical fault, crashed Fruli MIA [FOD 12-Nov-45] MACR 9862. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Donat Blazevich

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Salzburg 11-Nov-44 mechanical fault, crashed Fruli MIA [FOD 12-Nov-45] MACR 9862. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Block

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Eugene Chandler

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned 773BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Missing in Action Blechhammer 10-Dec-44 Hit by flak crashed Adriatic Sea Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10689 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Casimir Chester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky Jr' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA), MACR 642. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • William Cleary

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned 773BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Missing in Action Blechhammer 10-Dec-44 Hit by flak crashed Adriatic Sea Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10689 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Rocco Curelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot 2nd/Lt. Rocco A. Curelli, KIA ...

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Buried or commemorated

  • George Bacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic | 340th Bomb Group

  • Harold Bish

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | 340th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bredesen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Casimir Chester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky Jr' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA), MACR 642. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Rocco Curelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot 2nd/Lt. Rocco A. Curelli, KIA ...

  • Le Garde Doughty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • William Fay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 42-40663 'Maternity Ward' lost on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight. Pilot John V Ward. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 224. Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

  • William Leep

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 86th Fighter Group

  • William Pelton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Guy Powers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer | 415th Fighter Group
    Observer Beaufighter V8802 Failed To Return 31-May-44 lost over Italy, Pilot 2nd Lt Alexander A Lilley, Obs 2nd Lt Guy D Powers, KIA. MACR 5427. Awards: AM, PH.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 09:09:13 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/sicily-rome-american-cem...

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