April 4, 2013 |
Achille Joseph Vicoli, 88, of Newtown Square, a businessman and decorated World War II veteran, died Saturday, March 30, of cardiac arrest at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Vicoli was a first-generation American born to Nicholas and Antonette Lonzi Vicoli from Montenero di Bisaccio in Italy. He grew up in South Philadelphia and was a member of St. Monica's Parish. By age 18, Mr. Vicoli managed the construction of airplane wings for the riveting department of Keller Autogyro, an aviation company in Philadelphia.
March 29, 2012 |
Nearly 67 years after coming home from war, Vincent Benedict was overcome with emotion Wednesday when an Army officer presented him with a long-delayed Prisoner of War Medal. "I am not worried about being a POW; I'm worried about the guys who died," Benedict said amid tears during the surprise medal presentation at his Bryn Mawr home, set up by his family with the aid of Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.). Benedict, who will turn 100 on July 4, suffers from some of the infirmities of advanced age. His hearing is poor, and he has problems with short-term memory.
December 13, 2011 |
Harry Kale, a retired architect, died of Alzheimer's disease at Rydal Park retirement community Monday, Nov. 7, three days before his 91st birthday. After serving in the Army, Mr. Kale earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating magna cum laude in 1950, he was an associate with the architectural firm of Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson in Philadelphia. In 1953, he became a partner with the firm of Eshbach, Glass & Kale in Philadelphia.
October 4, 2011 |
Virginia L. Van Dyke Roscoe, 90, of Newtown Square, an Army nurse in World War II, died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Langhorne. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Roscoe graduated from Blodgett Hospital School of Nursing in June 1941. She wanted to join the Army Nurse Corps, but had to wait to enlist until her 21st birthday in January, 1942, a son, John, said. Serving with the 29th Army Field Hospital, Mrs. Roscoe was one of 18 nurses to land on Omaha Beach days after the Normandy invasion.
June 28, 2011 |
ANDREW W. NIX JR. used to say that he fought two enemies in World War II: Nazism and racism. After the war began, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Andrew tried to enlist in the Marine Corps. He was turned down because he was black. When he finally entered the Army, he was assigned to a service battalion because the military brass believed that blacks couldn't fight, even though they had been fighting for their country since the Revolution. Despite constant episodes of racism during his Army career, Andrew Nix, who came home to Philadelphia to found a prominent funeral home, saw more than his share of combat and returned with a chest full of medals.
June 25, 2011 |
Andrew W. Nix Jr., 88, of Wyncote, a funeral director and decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer Thursday, June 16, at home. Mr. Nix graduated from Eckels Mortuary College and then served an apprenticeship at Hunt Funeral Home in Chester. In 1954, he opened a storefront funeral home in North Philadelphia. The business eventually expanded to five buildings. He and his wife, Dorothy, also owned White Chapel Memorial Park in Feasterville. Mr. Nix received his most challenging assignment in 1978, when he and his staff prepared the more than 900 people who died in the Jonestown Massacre for burial.
May 29, 2011 |
FLORENCE - As we head for a tour of the Tuscan countryside, our guide announces that we will be making an unscheduled stop. "I think you will appreciate it," is all Paolo Santioli will say. Soon, our bus pulls into the Florence American Cemetery, proceeding up the wooded hillside to the memorial pylon towering over countless rows of pristine white grave markers. We get off the bus and walk the grounds where 4,402 American men and women killed in World War II are buried. Some of us quietly make our way around the reflecting pools and marble maps indicating the battles fought, while others wander silently among the manicured graves.
June 18, 2010 |
Zeney E. Sucharski, a World War II veteran and an ardent patriot, was born in 1921 on Armistice Day - Nov. 11 - at 11 a.m. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month commemorates the day and time when an armistice ended World War I in 1918. Mr. Sucharski, 88, died on Flag Day, Monday, June 14, from complications of a stroke, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served as a medic with the First Infantry Division, nicknamed the Big Red One for its distinctive shoulder patch.
June 6, 2010 |
Nothing could have prepared him for what he witnessed that day. Arthur Seltzer is still processing it 66 years later and "will be until the end. " He recalls his Higgins landing craft splashing across the waves toward the Normandy beaches on D-Day, then jumping - with comrades - into water over his head. "It was a mess, a bloody, gory mess," said Seltzer, 86, of Cherry Hill. "You saw sights you never want to see again. " Bodies were tossed by waves dyed red with blood.
July 12, 2009 |
After 63 years, I decided to return. A year ago June, my son and I traveled to Paris and Normandy, including stops at Omaha Beach, Rouen, Caen, and Le Havre, where I served in 1944 and 1945. I was with the Navy Ship Salvage Unit Foxy 29. I landed on Omaha Beach at the end of June 1944 on the LST-291 with a cargo of tanks for the Army. Our mission was to clear the heavily mined ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre of ships and cranes that the Germans had sunk to impede our supply ships.