War Stories

Army Rifleman Bruno Perino

“My religion kept me going,” Bruno Perino says of the non-stop combat he experienced during World War II. “Every night in the foxhole I said the Act of Contrition, blessed myself with the Sign of the Cross, and thought, ‘If I’m going, that’s it.’” Bruno Perino was born in Chicago and grew up in the Chinatown neighborhood. He was 16 […]
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Army artilleryman Robert Fuggiti

Choosing to become a cannoneer rather than a medic, Robert Fuggiti spent his tour of duty in Vietnam providing artillery support for American troops on the ground. Bob Fuggiti was born in Chicago and lived in the Cabrini Green area. His family moved to the Old Town neighborhood when he was 3 years old. Fuggiti’s father, Dino, worked as an […]
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Army Technical Sergeant Mario Avignone

Mario Avignone’s stint in the Army turned out to be a blessing, as it led to a friendship with a most remarkable man. Mario Avignone was born in Chicago and raised in the Roseland community. He was employed by the Sherwin Williams Co. when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He decided to enlist in the Army Air Force in January 1942. […]
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Marine Corporal/USAFR Staff Sergeant Diana Fecarotta

Choosing between the Peace Corps and the Marines during the Vietnam War, she made a decision that had a profound positive impact on the rest of her life. The oldest of four children, Diana Frances Fecarotta was born in Chicago and grew up in the heavily Italian neighborhood known as “The Patch” near Grand and Ogden avenues. Her parents, Joseph […]
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Army Corporal Michael Priami

Earning a Bronze Star and Five Battle Stars as a forward observer during World War II, Michael Priami scouted out the enemy’s presence across Europe, communicating their locations back to the troops. The second of four children, Michael (Mike) Priami was born in 1924 in Hancock, Michigan. His father, Federico, was born in Rota, Italy, and his mother, Davina Barsocchi, […]
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Father/Son Soldiers Joseph & Anthony Siciliano

Though only 2 years old when his father, Joseph, was killed in action during World War II, Anthony Siciliano’s life was profoundly shaped by his dad’s bravery and sacrifice. Anthony J. Siciliano was born in Chicago on Nov. 9, 1942, to Joseph and Mary (Parise). His maternal grandparents emigrated from Sicily, and his paternal grandparents from Naples and Calabria. The […]
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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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