Pvt Ottavio J. Cochi

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Pvt Ottavio J. Cochi

Birth
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death
25 Jun 1944 (aged 19)
Basse-Normandie, France
Burial
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section J
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Ottavio was the first born grandson of Louis and Adele Belli, and the 2nd grandchild. Louise Grossi being the first grandchild, passing in December of 2017.He grew up in Troy, New York, and was known as the nice kid. He attended Saint Anthony's Catholic School until high school. He earned a certificate in Advanced Swimming during this time. He then attended high school, at Lasalle Institute (Military School), when it was located on 4th Street. He dropped out in his senior year to join the Army, during the WW1 era. He was close with his Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. He was close in age to some of his Aunts, and Uncles. His last letter to his mother stated that he wanted to come home to marry a girl just like dear ole' mom. His parents weren't taking his departure into World War II well. His father being in World War I, meant the family experienced both world wars, as many did back in that time. Ottavio was killed in action in Normandy France, during the "invasion". They did not receive his body until about two years later. The gravestone marker was not ordered until 1950. His mother became very ill and actually did not believe he was killed. She would visit the Red Cross, with her daughter Erma, to ask them to look for him overseas. From what was told to me, from my Aunt Erma,the Red Cross became annoyed with them and told her she would have to except his death. When grandchildren started to be born, she started to become better. Ottavio was never forgotten by his family. His siblings still talked about him well into their elderly years. They grieved for him since the day of his death. He was loved, and he also loved them. He was a very friendly and considerate young man, admired by many in their Italian community.
Ottavio was the first born grandson of Louis and Adele Belli, and the 2nd grandchild. Louise Grossi being the first grandchild, passing in December of 2017.He grew up in Troy, New York, and was known as the nice kid. He attended Saint Anthony's Catholic School until high school. He earned a certificate in Advanced Swimming during this time. He then attended high school, at Lasalle Institute (Military School), when it was located on 4th Street. He dropped out in his senior year to join the Army, during the WW1 era. He was close with his Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. He was close in age to some of his Aunts, and Uncles. His last letter to his mother stated that he wanted to come home to marry a girl just like dear ole' mom. His parents weren't taking his departure into World War II well. His father being in World War I, meant the family experienced both world wars, as many did back in that time. Ottavio was killed in action in Normandy France, during the "invasion". They did not receive his body until about two years later. The gravestone marker was not ordered until 1950. His mother became very ill and actually did not believe he was killed. She would visit the Red Cross, with her daughter Erma, to ask them to look for him overseas. From what was told to me, from my Aunt Erma,the Red Cross became annoyed with them and told her she would have to except his death. When grandchildren started to be born, she started to become better. Ottavio was never forgotten by his family. His siblings still talked about him well into their elderly years. They grieved for him since the day of his death. He was loved, and he also loved them. He was a very friendly and considerate young man, admired by many in their Italian community.