Frank Toscani


Frank Toscani Famous memorial

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 24 Jan 2001 (aged 89)
Nyack, Rockland County, New York, USA
Burial New Hempstead, Rockland County, New York, USA
Plot Section D, Row 1, Plot 9
Memorial ID 6249472 View Source

Born in New York City, author John Hersey modeled his character Major Joppolo in "A Bell for Adano" on Toscani. In WWII Toscani landed on "D" Day in Licata, Sicily and was appointed Military Governor for that city. It was there that Hersey observed then Major Toscani solve the intricate problems of the war torn community. The novel also produced a Broadway show with Frederick March and a television version starring John Hodiak. Colonel Toscani was decorated by three governments for his outstanding military service - The United States with the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star: Great Britain with the rank of Honorary Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and Italy with the rank of Commander of the Crown of Italy.

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  • Originally Created by: Ginny M
  • Added: 10 Mar 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6249472
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Toscani (20 May 1911–24 Jan 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6249472, citing Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery, New Hempstead, Rockland County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .