Air Force paratrooper Louis Venditti

Venditti (to the left of the soldier holding the flag) and his band of brothers.

As a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne during World War II, it was Louis Venditti’s unenviable duty to jump behind enemy lines in the pre-dawn hours before D-Day and pave the way for the Allied assault.

Linda Grisolia is a longtime Fra Noi correspondent, having contributed Onori and War Stories features over the years. She is a proud founding member of the Italian American Veterans Museum at Casa Italia and is a member of the board of directors. Many of the Italian-American veterans she interviewed for the Fra Noi were featured in the documentary, “5000 Miles from Home”, which aired on Channel 11. As a child, she remembers paging through her grandpa’s Fra Noi newspaper, fascinated with the Italian words, never dreaming that one day she would be a correspondent for that wonderful publication.

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