Air Force Major Peter Belmonte

A navigator on a KC-135 Stratotanker for the Air Force, Peter Belmonte’s job was to usher aircraft toward what he called “controlled collisions” with planes that required refueling.

Army Specialist 4th Class Michael Pesola

A communications specialist for the Army, Michael Pesola served in Germany during the Vietnam War as part of the team that kept the Soviet Union at bay.

National Guard Airman Joseph Matty

The 182nd Support Group celebrates Family Day before deployment to Kuwait.

Army Technical Sergeant Dan Teoro

A combat engineer during the Korean War, Dan Teoro helped bring much-needed holiday cheer after the armistice by taking part in the construction of a Nativity scene near the Demilitarized Zone.

 

 

Princess Mafalda of Savoy

Known for her piety and charity, Princess Mafalda of Savoy spoke out against Hitler with predictably tragic results.

 

Medal of Honor recipient Luigi Palma di Cesnola

The first Italian American to earn the Medal of Honor, Luigi Palma di Cesnola was instrumental in establishing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Army Corporal Anthony Cardamone

Anthony Cardamone’s application for a victory medal

One of hundreds of thousands of Italian Americans who fought with valor during World War I, Anthony Cardamone left behind a precious legacy in the form of an account from the front.

Rear Admiral Bancroft Gherardi

The most prominent Italian-American naval officer of the 19th century, Bancroft Gherardi distinguished himself in both war and peace.

World War II resistance fighter Giuseppe Lella

A spy for the Allies and a participant in the underground railroad that protected Italy’s Jews during World War II, Giuseppe “Pino” Lella considered himself a coward until an American author persuaded him to share his story with the world.

 

Army Staff Sergeant Bernie Izzo

Having prepared for 18 months to invade Japan, Bernie Izzo gratefully shifted gears after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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