June 26, 1887 (Vietri sul Mare, Italy) – August 19, 1918; 31 years old
Last local address: 17 Wood Street, South Norwalk
Entered the service on February 26, 1918
Serial number: 1683343
Unit: 77th Infantry Division, 306th Infantry, Company M
Born to Vincenzo (1861-1932) and Lucia “Lucy” (1866-1928). Brother John (1902-1971).
Unemployed when he registered for the draft.
Killed in Action by enemy shell fire at Saint Thibault, France.
One of the namesakes of Moscariello-Cifatte Post of Italian American War Veterans formed in 1933 in Norwalk.
From The Norwalk Hour October 5, 1918
It became known in Norwalk today that Thomas Moscariella of 17 Wood Street, one of the draftees who left this city on February 26 last, for Camp Devens, in company with a number of other young men, has been killed in action. This information was sent to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Moscariella of this city, by a telegram yesterday afternoon. The young man, a member of the 306th Infantry had been in France for about three months, at the time he was killed, the date of his death being August 19. Last week his parents received a letter from him written on the same day that he was killed, in which he told his parents that he had been in three or four battles and that shortly he was going to take part in another. The closing paragraph of the letter was addressed to his mother, and he said: “I don’t know what is going to happen mother dear, but please pray to God that I will come out all right.” He was about 28 years old at the time of his death and he was a prominent member of the St. James society, an organization formed by men who had been born in a town named St. James, in Italy. He is survived, in addition to his parents, by his brother John.
From The Norwalk Hour July 16, 1921
PRIVATE MOSCARIELLA TO BE BURIED WITH HONORS
Military Funeral to Be Accorded Norwalk Young Man Who Served in France
The remains of Private Thomas L Moscariella, Company M, 366th Infantry, who was killed in action August 19, 1918, while serving his country with the United States Army in France, arrived in this city last evening and was taken charge of by Funeral Director Frederick H. Ganung. Private Moscariella was well known. He was drafted on February 27, 1918. He is survived by his mother and father and one brother, John, of 17 Wood Street. The remains will be placed in the State armory tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock and the funeral will be held with military honors from the Armory at 2 o’clock DST, and from the St. Joseph’s Church at 2:30. The various military organizations of the city will take part, and will pay their last respects to the deceased comrade. The burial will follow in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Davis Place renamed to Moscariello Place in 1921 in his honor
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Private Moscariello is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk; Section D. Photo by webmaster.