October 27, 1913 (New York, NY) – September 24, 1944; 30 years old
Last local address: 69 Silvermine Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on August 7, 1931
Service number: 31049862
Unit: 88th Infantry Division, 351st Infantry Regiment, Company F
He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Alfred was “Killed In Action” when his division was attacking the Gothic Line in Moraduccio, Italy.
From The Norwalk Hour October 16, 1944
Private First Class Alfred J. Ciarletto, son of Mrs. Lena Ciarletto of Silvermine Avenue, was killed in action in Italy on September 24, according to a telegram received by Mrs. Ciarletto from the War Department on Columbus Day. There were no details. A letter will follow shortly, according to the War Department’s telegram. PFC Ciarletto, who would have reached his 31st birthday on October 27, entered the United States Army on August 7, 1941, and after training was sent to Africa. Rom Africa, he was sent into Italy for action. He has been overseas about seven months. In civilian life, PFC Ciarletto was employed at the Segal Lock Company on Marshall Street. Besides his mother, he is survived by five brothers, all of this city. They are Carmine, who is in the Army, Anthony, Pasquale, Armando, and Albert.
From ArmyHistory.org: By the end of August, the 88th could sense it was once again to go into combat. True to their prediction, the Blue Devils attacked towards the Gothic Line on 10 September 1944. It was once again rainy, cold and miserable at the front. Soldiers on both sides had to trudge around the mountains in deep mud and water. Trying to break through the Gothic Line, the 88th encountered some of the heaviest fighting in the fall of 1944.
Private Ciarletto was reinterred in 1949 to St. John’s Cemetery; Section A1, Lot 242, Grave 1. Photo by webmaster.