August 20, 1918 – June 18, 1944; 25 years old
Married to the former Rose Marie Califano on November 11, 1942; one son Gerald
Last local address: 17 Kossuth Street, South Norwalk
Enlisted on September 8, 1941
Service number: 31052106
Unit: 22nd Infantry, 4th Division
Born to Onofrio Compitelli (Campetella) (1881-1939) and Lucy Granato Campetella (1883-1979). Sister Jennie Mary Campetella Bertini/Bertine (1914-1994) and brother Anthony (1911-?)
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
Communication from Julien Woestyn in Belgium indicates that Gerald A. Campetella was wounded in action on D-Day June 6 and died of his wounds on June 18. Used with permission.
From The Norwalk Hour July 28, 1944
PVT. CAMPETELLA KILLED IN ACTION
Took Part In Invasion Of Normandy; Was With Infantry Three Years
Private Gerald A. Campetella, 25, of 17 Kossuth Street serving with the United States Infantry in France, was killed in action during the invasion of Normandy, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his wife, Mrs. Rose Campetella. Private Campetella was inducted into the armed service three years ago and received his training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Camp Gordon, Georgia, Fort Dix, New Jersey, and in England. Surviving are his widow, Rose Campetella and an infant son of Kossuth Street, his mother Mrs. Lucy Campetella, of 11 ½ Woodward Avenue; a sister, Jennie Bertino of 29 Dover Street, and a brother Anthony Campetella recently given a medical discharge from the U.S. Army.
Private Campetella is buried Normandy American Cemetery; Plot B, Row 20, Grave 46.