Military history articles and books of the fallen
By Anthony Buccino
“For those who have fought for it freedom has a taste the protected will never know”
Because of Gary P. Formica, I set out on a project to find the biographies of all the soldiers who died from my town ... Now, my town is considering adding soldier's names to the street signs near where they lived.
On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches at Normandy aiming at the ultimate defeat of Hitler's war machine.
With all the attention recently being paid the cable TV series, we should now take time to remember the sacrifice of Belleville and Nutley sons who perished in World War II in the Pacific theater. Here, from the news reports of the day
The gunfire is loud and the battle action long and inspiring, proving the discipline and endurance of our armed forces then, and these authentically outfitted re-enactors now.
I sit in the commander seat. The five-man crew is a loader, gunner, driver and assistant driver. Tankers are known to carry a sidearm in case of a Zippo event (lights on first strike).
“Met there’s dam little I can write about from this end. But I’m okay & still kicking that’s the main thing.”
who was to be best man at his wedding
Harborside Editor Works To Make Sure His Town's War Dead Aren't Forgotten
In the last century, Belleville lost 160 sons while in service to our country. This collection gathers what we know about these young men in an effort that their sacrifice not be forgotten.
UPDATED September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1470036515 - 242 Pages
In the past century, 138 Nutley sons died while in service to our country. Three were killed in action in the Civil War, World War I took 17. World War II took 92 sons. The Korean War era took 12 sons. The Vietnam War took 9 sons, and preserving the peace during the Cold War set its toll at 8 Nutley sons. Here, in one source, beyond the names of the fallen, are their stories.
UPDATED September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1479248834 - 349 pages
A compilation of information documenting the participation of the New Jersey towns of Belleville and Nutley in the American Civil War. Includes information on six local soldiers killed in action in the War Between the States, plus information on the battle campaigns in which they gave up their lives.
The harrowing life and death of these operations is served well in recounting the 19 days at sea spent following a sea crash. The crew could not rendezvous with a submarine as they had to ditch before they could send out their location. The crew survived on rations – including “a piece of candy and a gulp or two of water each day.”
Paratrooper Tony Pilutti, who dropped into combat near Chef-du-Pont, behind Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day, was granted U.S. citizenship in England on July 16, 1944. He later earned a Bronze Star for combat action in Holland. If that’s not enough, Belmonte notes that Pilutti ‘had been briefly detained as an enemy alien before shipping overseas.’
These soldiers’ tales, and all the services are covered, easily absorb the reader into the action. You sense a closeness with the teller of the tale, as if perhaps he’s telling things he hasn’t told in a long time or ever.
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New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards.
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