PRIVATE JOHN RESTIVO; U.S. ARMY

August 28, 1894 (Palermo, Italy) – June 20, 1974; 79 years old
Last local address: 7 Glover Avenue, Norwalk (1940 census)
Enlisted March 29, 1918
8TH INFANTRY, 12TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION, COMPANY D
Discharge August 4, 1919

Wounded in action. Gassed with mustard gas on July 19, 1918 at Aisne-Marne, France during the Battle of Argonne.

Photo provided by grandson Scott Restivo.
Photo provided by grandson Scott Restivo.

Medals from left to right are the World War I Occupation Medal, the World War I Victory Medal with 4 badges representing the battles he was in — Aisne – Marne, St Mihiel, Meuse – Argonne, Defensive Sector, and the Purple Heart Medal.

Photo provided by grandson Scott Restivo.

It reads at the top “Columbia gives to her son, the accolade of the new chivalry of humanity; and at the bottom in cursive, John Restivo, Private, Company D, 12th Machine Gun Battalion, and under that “Served with honor in the world war and was wounded in action. President Wilson, requested artist E. H. Blashfield design an illustration for use on a certificate that would be presented to every veteran wounded in action during the World War. That’s President Wilson’s signature in the bottom right corner. This design was later authorized for use in the official emblem of the Disabled American Veterans of the World War.

From unknown newspaper but likely The Norwalk Sentinel. Clipping found in a collection in the Norwalk History Room of the Norwalk Library.

NORWALK BOY WOUNDED FIGHTING IN FRANCE

Private John Restivo, 13 Belden Hill Avenue, Norwalk, member Company D, 12th Machine Gun Battalion. Enlisted March 29, 1918. Transferred from Camp Devens to Camp Mills and left the latter camp for overseas service May 8, 1918. He went through the thickest of the fighting and on November 26 was officially reported as having been wounded July 23. Since then the relatives have received no word from him.


From unknown newspaper but likely The Norwalk Sentinel. Clipping found in a collection in the Norwalk History Room of the Norwalk Library.

RESTIVO RECOVERS FROM BATTLE WOUNDS

A letter was received on Tuesday, January 21, from Private John Restivo, of Company A, 12th Machine Gun Battalion, A.E.F., by his relatives on Belden Hill Avenue, in which he stated that he has fully recovered from his wounds received in action on July 23 last, and is now with the American army of occupation in Germany. His relatives are overjoyed to receive this glad news. An article was published in these columns recently stating that Private Restivo enlisted on March 29, 1918, going to Camp Devens, whence he was transferred to Camp Mills. He left for overseas on May 8, 1918. On November 26, he was officially reported as having been wounded in action on July 23. His folks did not know how he was getting along until they received this letter stating that he was gassed and wounded on July 23, but that he had recovered and was with the army of occupation in Burg Kareitelstein, Germany. His many friends will be glad to hear that he is again well and back with his comrades.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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