May 8, 1919 (New Canaan, CT) – October 20, 1944; 25 years old
Married to Concetta Pellagrino Setti (1921-2011) on May 8, 1943 in Norwalk; no children
Last local address: 40 Woodward Ave, South Norwalk
Enlisted on May 1, 1942
Service number: 31118820
Unit: 788th Amphibious Tank Battalion
Born to Frank (1892-1968) and Josephine Marciano Setti (1895-1979). Three brothers, Dominick R. (1917-1996), Joseph G. (1919-1999) and Paul (1933-2020). Two sisters, Rose Setti Creedon (1925-2020) and Antoinette Setti Distefano Giordano (1928-).
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
From the Connecticut Military Portrait Collection, Connecticut State Library, Identifier: PG570; used with permission
From natread.com: The schedule of stepping stone conquests on the path to Japan was revised, and plans advanced for an invasion of the Philippine Islands. The 788th was moved to Manus Island Papua New Guinea, in the Admiralty Islands, by now an American staging site, to join up with Marines. The unit arrived at Manus on October 4, 1944, and departed for Leyte on October 11. This invasion would begin the re-taking of the Philippines, which had been occupied by Japan for three years. By taking Leyte, the Americans would sever Japan’s supply line from the East Indies, from which it got most of its raw materials for the war effort. Code-named King II the invasion date was set for October 20, 1944. This is the day SSG Setti passed.
From The Norwalk Hour, December 8, 1944
Staff Sergeant Frank Setti, Jr., 25, was killed in action somewhere in the Philippines on a date that is not known by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Setti, of Smith Ridge, New Canaan. His wife who makes her home on Woodward Avenue, in this city, received a telegram on Saturday informing her of his death. He had been in the South Pacific, although he was not allowed to disclose his whereabouts in his letters home, and was serving with an Amphibious Tank Corps. SSG Setti was born in New Canaan on May 8, 1919, and attended the Center School and the Henry W. Saxe Junior High School. After leaving school he was employed by Rosen Brothers and by the Durable Metal Products Company in Norwalk. He entered the service about three years ago and received his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort Ord, California, before going to the South Pacific. Besides his parents, he leaves two sisters, Misses Antoinette and Rose Setti of New Canaan, and three brothers, Dominick Setti of this city and Joseph and Paul Setti of New Canaan, in addition to his wife.
Buried in Manila American Cemetery Manila, 1634 McKinley Road, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines; Plot F, Row 11, Grave 60. Photo provided by Maria Raquel M. Villamil, Cemetery Associate, Manila American Cemetery.