June 7, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – May 31, 1943; 21 years old
Last local address: 7 Wall Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on August 5, 1942
Serial Number: 31167218
Born to Alexander (1888-1966) and Mary Ruvo Caratone (1892-1965). One sister, Clothilde “Claudia” Nelli Caratone LeBrun (1932-). Four stepbrothers, William (1914-1966), Anthony (1917-1956), Charles Federici (1922-1999), and Rocco (1924-1998). Two stepsisters, Rose Federici Glover Beers (1920-2016) and Theresa Federici DeVito (1927-2001).
Died in a car accident at 1:55 a.m. on Daleville-Pocono Highway, Spring Brook Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Fog is said to be a contributing factor.
From The Norwalk Hour June 1, 1943
Adolph Caratone, 22, Stationed At Army Camp in Tobyhanna, Pa, Where Accident Occurs; Parents at 7 Wall Street Notified; No details
Private Adolph J. Caratone, 22, stationed with the U.S. Army at Tobyhanna, Pa, was killed yesterday in an automobile accident near the camp it was reported from Army Headquarters last evening. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Caratone at 7 Wall Street were informed last evening by telegram of the death of their son. Private Caratone was with a truck unit of the U.S. Army and had been in the service for the past six months. Prior to being stationed at Tobyhanna, he was at Baltimore Motor Base in Maryland, where he completed an extensive course in motor mechanics. Private Caratone attended local schools and was employed in the Cross Street garage prior to induction into the armed services. No particulars of the accident were learned by the family, but it was understood that several other soldiers were killed in the accident. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Anthony, a sister, Claudia Nellie Caratone, and two half-sisters, Theresa and Rose Federici, and four half-brothers, William, Anthony, Charles, and Rocco Federici. The remains are being sent to Norwalk and funeral arrangements are under the direction of Magner Funeral Home, Mott Avenue.
From The Norwalk Hour June 3, 1943
Military Services for Private Caratone
Military funeral services for Pvt. Adolph J. Caratone, 22, who died in an auto accident near Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army, will be held on Saturday at 8:30 at the late home, 7 Wall Street, and at 9 o’clock in St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Particulars of the accident were learned by the family today from a newspaper report in the Scranton (PA) Times. According to the report, “dense fog in the Pocono Mountains was held responsible for the death of three members of the United States Army and the serious injury of a fourth soldier.” The local [Norwalk] soldier was a passenger in the auto. The auto crashed into the rear of a milk truck in Spring Brook Township. The local [Norwalk] man is reported to have been killed instantly.
Private Caratone is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 5 Broad Street, Norwalk CT; Federici plot, Section BN, Plot 29.