October 24, 1919 (Fairfield, CT) – April 5, 1945; 25 years old
Last local address: 297 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
Service number: O-026005
Unit: 8th Infantry Division, 28th Infantry Regiment, Company C
Born to Generoso Giovanni (1892-1980) and Rosa Cimminiello Renzulli (1891-1957). Two brothers, Samuel J. (1924-2006) and Joseph R. (1932-2005). One sister, Frannie Renzulli Tierney (1927-2010).
Killed in action at Siegen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Ludlowe High School Yearbook, Class of 1937
NOTE: There was also a Ralph Art Renzulli who was discharged on October 27, 1945. Born in Naples, Italy on December 3, 1920, this Ralph Renzulli was killed in a car accident along with his father on December 6, 1945 in Norwalk when their car was hit by two trucks on the Post Road, killing them both. It is unknown which Ralph Renzulli the name on the plaque is referring to. Since this Ralph Joseph Renzulli died overseas during the war, his story was chosen. Connection to Norwalk is unknown.
From The Norwalk Hour December 6, 1948
Military services for Lieutenant Ralph Joseph Renzulli, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Renzulli, 210 Woodrow Avenue, Southport, who was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and died April 5, 1945 in Siegen, Germany, will take place Tuesday in the John M. Shaughnessy funeral home, 1903 Post Road, Fairfield, and at 9 o’clock in St Thomas’ Church, Fairfield, with a requiem high mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas’ cemetery. Lieutenant Renzulli was born in Southport and attended Pequot School. He later graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School, then attended the Junior College of Connecticut. In 1940 he was admitted to West Point and graduated in 1943. Following graduation, he was sent to Camp Davis in North Carolina and a short time later transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia. On October 1, 1944, he was sent overseas and participated in the Rhine crossing and the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded. In addition to his parents, Lieutenant Renzulli is survived by two brothers, Samuel and Joseph Renzulli Jr.; and a sister, Frances R. Renzulli.
Interred at Saint Thomas Cemetery, Mill Plain Road, Fairfield, CT; Plot C1. Photos by webmaster.