|Birth: ||Sep. 7, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1945|
John Louis Cantoni was born and raised in Omaha, and his father, Louis, was a
successful restaurant owner and
operator in Omaha. John was a member of the National Guard 134th Infantry, 35th
Division, Company L. All of the neighborhood boys were part of the National
Guard; they met one weekend out of every month and were paid a stipend of
$15. In fact, John never graduated from college because he began full-time
training with the National Guard in 1940. He had attened Creighton University,
where he majored in Business Administration, for three years.
When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, John was at Camp Robinson, Arkansas,
training with the National Guard. He was immediately sent to Fort Lewis,
Washington, and later to Catalina Island to help guard against a possible
Japanese invasion. Since the National Guard was the nucleus for training
draftees, John traveled around the United States conditioning men for the war
after his training. On May 7, 1944, John relocated to England and entered World
War II as a first sergeant.
On June 9, 1944, the third day after D-Day, John landed at Omaha Beach in
Normandy. His division made their way to Saint-Lo, the location of the planned
American breakout, and heavy fighting ensued. John was wounded by five machine
gun plugs which lodged in one of his lungs. He was sent back to England and
received a Purple Heart for being wounded in battle. In December, 1944, John was
sent back to his outfit because they requested that he return.
On January 9, 1945, John was killed by a direct hit to the foxhole where he was
stationed while defending Bastogne. News of his death was telegrammed to Omaha,
and his death left a young wife, parents, and two sisters to mourn him.
By the end of his military career, John had been promoted to the rank of second
lieutenant, field commission. He did not have a chance to receive his bars
before his death, so he was buried as a technical sergeant. John was interned in
the U. S. Military Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg, and his name was inscribed upon
the Memorial Park wall in Omaha.
Louis Cantoni (1891 - 1967)
Rose Cantoni (1895 - 1969)
Olive Juliet Odorisio Circo (1920 - 2014)*
Note: Entered the service from Nebraska.
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial
Maintained by: Loren Bender
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56060652
Added: Jul. 25, 2014
Added: Jul. 25, 2014
Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as he understood it. He suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died.|
Added: Aug. 19, 2011
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