War Stories

Army Colonel Renato (Ron) Bacci (Ret.)

During a distinguished 30-year career in the Army and Reserves, Renato Bacci did everything from helping a nation recover from war to assisting an American police department in its efforts to return lost items to their owners. The oldest of three children, Renato (Ron) Bacci was born in Chicago and grew up in the neighborhood of Chicago and Kedzie avenues. […]
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Navy Commander Joseph Troiani (Ret.)

Whether by tracking Soviet subs or teaching members of the U.S. intelligence community about terrorism, Joseph Troiani has been helping keep America safe for more than three decades. Joseph Troiani leads two very different lives. Most days, Troiani, who has his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, serves as the director of behavioral health programs for the Will County Health Department, and […]
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Army Major Lorenzo Fiorentino (Ret.)

An officer in the Army for 20 years, Lorenzo Fiorentino was in charge of anti-terrorism at a base in Kabul that housed the Three Star General Command. The youngest of four children, Lorenzo Fiorentino was born in Casteldaccia, Sicily, to Pietro and Rosalia (Canale). His father became ill and could no longer work the farm, and in 1972, the family […]
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Army Corporal Ralph Imbrogno

A member of a Combat Engineer Battalion during the Korean War,  Ralph Imbrogno spent plenty of time in harms way while maintaining and building roads and keeping the front line supplied. Ralph Imbrogno was born in Chicago and lived in the Near West Side neighborhood of Laflin and Lexington. He graduated from Crane Tech High School and was drafted into […]
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Navy Machinist Mate 3rd Class Carl Liture

Carl Liture saw plenty of action on board the Shangri-La, which nevertheless survived World War II without sustaining serious damage. Carl Liture was born and raised in Chicago. He joined the Navy when he was 17 years old, suffered an attack of appendicitis the same day and was sent home. In March 1944, at the age of 18, Liture was […]
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