Division Memorials - Cerageto, Italy

Cerageto, Italy

The following information came to me from Italy via the Internet.

"Last sunday I was in Cerageto, and so I can forward the pictures to you. I must apologize: Private Pioli died on February 22nd, and not February the 2nd.
 

The following information came to me from Italy via the Internet.

"Last Sunday I was in Cerageto, and so I can forward the pictures to you. I must apologize: Private Pioli died on February 22nd, and not February the 2nd.

"In the pictures you can see: the actual grave of private Pioli; the tombstone sent by the US Government (at present it is nailed to the wall of the chapel, immediately at the right of the grave, and a little upper; above it, another old tombstone: perhaps the parents of GI Pioli); a photo of Joseph (in Italian, and as written on the grave: Giuseppe D. Pioli wearing the uniform of the US Army. This picture is placed on the grave. What is written on the grave is no more readable nowaday: ice (Cerageto is a mountain village, 850 meters above sea level), sun, wind deleted all the writing during the years. The tombstone sent by the US Army stands steady.

At present I am busy setting up a site about Cerageto and I wrote some lines about PVT Pioli in a page of history of the village, saying that in the struggle against Nazism there was a boy from Cerageto, too, more or less in the same period when your 92nd "Buffalo" division was fighting in our valley against German and fascist forces. If you have any piece of information about private Pioli, I will add it to my history page.

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