LTC Alfred J Cappa

LTC Alfred J Cappa

Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
Death 3 Feb 2007 (aged 92)
Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 17827743 · View Source
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Alfred J. Cappa, 92, of Deadwood died on Saturday morning, February 3, 2007 at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital.

Alfred was born September 21, 1914 in Lead, SD the son of Stephen and Frances (Civretto) Cappa. He grew up in Lead and graduated from Lead High School In 1932. In 1936 he joined the National Guard. Cappa, a veteran combat paratrooper with the 82nd Air Born Division, is credited with the African-European Middle Eastern ribbon for the following campaigns: Sicily, Napels-Foggia, Normandy Rhineland and Ardennes and Central Europe. During the Normandy invasion he dropped behind enemy lines where he was given aid and information by the French Underground until he was reunited with his unit. He received the Belgian Citation Fourragere, Distinguished Unit Badge and Bronze Arrowhead. He volunteered for occupation duty in Berlin after the war and then completed a three-year civilian contract with the Army as a claims investigator in Western Europe.

In 1950 Cappa entered the reserve program for Army Intelligence and in 1959 received a mobilization slot with the 5th Army Headquarters, Chicago, IL. He served in that capacity until he retired from the military in 1967 as Lt. Colonel.

He married Odette Schellhorn in Paris, France in 1947, and they were married for 59 years. They moved to Lead in 1948 where he worked for the Homestake Mining Company for over 40 years. He and his wife operated the Blue Star Motel for many years. Alfred was a potter and also operated Cappa's Pottery for several years.

Survivors include a sister, Victoria (Bob) Pollock of Rapid City, SD, a stepdaughter Nicole (Christian) Vilella of Paris, France, three step grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews Pam Cappa Lindquist and Peter Cappa of Rapid City, David Cappa of Naperville, Il, Sallie Graham of Springfield, Il and Laurel Cappa of Washington, DC.

He was preceded in death by his wife Odette, his parents and three brothers, Lawrence, Peter, and Arthur.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Northern Hills or to the 82nd Airborne Division Association Educational Fund.

Interment with Military Honors will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at Black Hills National Cemetery with Rev. Bunker Hill and Chaplain Charley Conger officiating.

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  • Maintained by: 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
  • Originally Created by: In memory of Scott
  • Added: 5 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17827743
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Alfred J Cappa (21 Sep 1914–3 Feb 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17827743, citing Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (contributor 47147449) .