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Pvt Hugo A. Asunto
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1918
Gogebic County
Michigan, USA
Death: Feb. 29, 1944, Italy

Rites on Monday For Pvt. Asunto
Tank Soldier Died In action at Anzio

The body of Pvt. Hugo Asunto, son of Mrs. Hilma Sillanpaa of Ironwood township who was killed in action at the Anzio beacheach in Italy February 29, 1944, will be returned here Saturday morning under military escort from Chicago for final burial services. The Ironwood post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the military services. Funeral rites will be conducted at 2 Monday afternoon in the Ketola funeral home. The speaker will be Ernest Koski. The funeral home will be open to friends Sunday evening and until time of services Monday. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery. Pvt. Asunto was born February 25, 1918 in Ironwood. Before entering the service, he was employed in Chicago. He was inducted July 14, 1942 and received his basic training at Camp Robinson, Ark. Having served three months in the states he was transferred to training overseas in the British Isles. He served in the North African campaign where his tank division was the first to enter Bizerte. He was in the invasion of Salerno where he suffered burns when his tank received a direct hit. He was treated at a North African hospital and was awarded the Purple Heart. Several months later he returned to combat duty. He was serving with American forces on the Anzio beachhead when he was struck and instantly killed by shrapnel February 29, 1944. At the time of his death he was serving with General Mark Clark's Fifth army in a tank division. Survivors are his mother, his stepfather, John Sillanpaa, four sisters, Mrs. Peter Laclaw, Milwaukee, Mrs. Harold Morris, St. Paul, Mrs. Martin Wendt, Wenatchee, Wash., and Mrs. Clifford Swanson, Ironwood, five brothers, John and Reino of Detroit, Bruno of Milwaukee, Charles of Wakefield and Leo of Ironwood. (Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, MI, Thursday, August 5, 1948, p. 1, Col. 2) 
Riverside Cemetery
Gogebic County
Michigan, USA
Created by: mokennehan
Record added: Nov 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81147001
Pvt Hugo A. Asunto
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NARA Home of Record: Gogebic County, Michigan...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Jul. 23, 2014

- mokennehan
 Added: Nov. 28, 2011

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