January 19, 1919 (Norwalk, CT) – March 16, 1942; 23 years old
Last local address: 59 Spring Hill Avenue, Norwalk
Service number: 20132955
Unit: 192nd Field Artillery, Headquarters Company
Son of Italian-born Antonio J. (1885-1953) and Rose Cavallo Chimento (1882-1934). Brothers Patrick (1907-1994), Joseph (1916-1999), and Antonio “Anthony” (1920-2004). Sisters, Elizabeth Marie Chimento Perschino (1909-1981), Helen Madeline Chimento Saltarelli (1911-2009), Angeline M. Chimento Arena (1913-2003), and Maria Mildred “Millie” Arena Chakeropulos (1922-2012).
Norwalk High School Yearbook, Class of ‘37
From The Norwalk Hour March 14, 1942
James died in a car accident while training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
From the Hattiesburg (Mississippi) American, March 17, 1942
BODY OF SOLDIER SENT HOME FOR FUNERAL
The body of Technical Sergeant James Chimento, 23, who died Monday in the Camp Shelby base hospital as a result of injuries suffered Friday night in a traffic accident on the reservation, will leave today by train for his home in Norwalk, Connecticut. The body will be accompanied by a military guard of honor, Staff Sergeant Edward E. Root, also of Norwalk, and members of Sergeant Chimento’s family who arrived at camp Monday night. Chimento was injured when a weapons carrier he was riding in was in a collision with an automobile driven by Mrs. C.J. Smith, 705 Hardy Street, military police said. The accident occurred at Second Avenue and 41st Street. Sergeant Chimento was owner of a grocery business in Norwalk, and had been a member of a Connecticut field artillery unit of the 43rd Division for six years. He completed a course at the Fort Sill, Oklahoma communications school in 1941. The Fairchild and Richard Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Sergeant Chimento is buried in a family plot at St. John’s Cemetery; Section A1, Grave 246. Photo by webmaster.