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Sgt Walter Iafelice
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1919
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1944
Departement de la Manche
Basse-Normandie, France

DIED: Battle of St. Lo, France, WWII
The German army occupied the town on 17 June 1940. Being a strategic crossroads, Saint-Lô was almost totally destroyed (95% according to common estimates) during the Battle of Normandy in World War II, earning the title of "The Capital of the Ruins" from Samuel Beckett; it was even questioned whether to rebuild it or to leave the ruins intact as a testimony to the bombing.

FATHER: Antonio Iafelice 1884-1965
MOTHER: Louisa Petti 1884-1970

Walter was born on Sep. 1, 1919 & raised in Cleveland, the last of ten children of Antonio & Luisa (Petti) Iafelice. He grew up on Nathaniel Rd. and graduated from Collinwood High School in 1937. Walter was 5' 9" tall and weighed 187 pounds.
Walter was married for a short time to Geraldine Gaudio.

He enlisted in the Army with his cousin Mario Iafelice on Oct. 26, 1942 and then entered WW II on 11/9/1942.

He died at the age of 25 as a Staff Sgt. at the Battle of St. Lo which was located in northwest France, 34 miles west of Caen. The battle started July 3 and St. Loo was taken on July 18, 1944 by the 19th Corp. after two weeks of fighting. He died July 19, 1944 -- the day after the city was captured.

His body was returned to Cleveland by military escort under 24 hour guard and the casket was never opened. Victor was buried June 21, 1949 with brother Victor in Sec. 5 Lot 646, Gvt. marker at Lake View Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Antonio Iafelice (1884 - 1965)
  Louisa Petti Iafelice (1884 - 1970)
  Pauline Maddelena Iafelice (1903 - 1921)*
  John Angelo Iafelice (1904 - 1972)*
  Roy Fred Iafelice (1907 - 2004)*
  Victor Iafelice (1908 - 1925)*
  Jennie Iafelice Nero (1910 - 1972)*
  Domenic John Iafelice (1913 - 1985)*
  Margaret Iafelice (1915 - 1917)*
  Dan Fred Iafelice (1917 - 2007)*
  Walter Iafelice (1919 - 1944)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Went missing over France in 1944
Lake View Cemetery
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 5 Lot 646-0
Maintained by: Jane Duesler Iafelice
Originally Created by: Mamaquilts
Record added: Jul 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73971414
Sgt Walter Iafelice
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- Norman & Jane Iafelice
 Added: Mar. 19, 2013

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