PRIVATE ANTHONY GAETANO STRIGHLIONS, U.S. ARMY

September 20, 1906 (Naples, Italy) – March 21, 1950 (Norwalk, CT); 43 years old
Married to Mary E. LaMorte Strighlions (1912-1949) on February 4, 1929, in Norwalk, Connecticut. Mary was born in Vancouver, Canada.
Local address: 47 Tierney Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on January 3, 1944
Service number 31409237
Unit: 210th ITB, Company F.

Born to Theresa Bucillo Menna (1882-1950). Father is unknown. Theresa remarried to John Peterson in Norwalk in 1957. Two half-brothers, John F. Menna (1909-1969) and Joseph Menna (1913-1956). One sister, Margaret Menna (1917-?).


Arrived in the U.S. in 1909 under the name Gaetano Stigliano. Changed his name to Anthony George Strighlions during the Naturalization procedures in 1944.


Received the Purple Heart Medal for artillery fragments in his back in September 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal on November 3, 1944.


From The Norwalk Hour December 6, 1944

PVT A.G. STRIGHLIONS, WOUNDED, IMPROVES

The 110th General Hospital, England. – Hit by fragments of an exploding mortar shell from a German barrage deep in the Siegfried line, Private Anthony G. Strighlions, 38 of 39 Tierney Street, Norwalk, Connecticut, is recovering at this United States Army general hospital in England. He has been awarded the Purple Heart. “Pvt Strighlions is making a satisfactory recovery,” said Lieutenant Robert C. Schmitz of Madison, Wisconsin, his ward surgeon. “I was in heavy woods when the Germans laid down a barrage. A mortar shell exploded nearby and fragments hit me,” he said. Pvt Strighlions received medical attention at once and was evacuated to England by plane. Before entering the Army in January 1944, Pvt Strighlions was manager of Menna’s Taxi Company in South Norwalk. His wife, Mrs. Mary Strighlions, lives at the Tierney Street address. His mother, Mrs. Theresa Menna, lives at 14 Day Street in South Norwalk.


From The Norwalk Hour March 22, 1950

A.G. STRIGHLIONS DIES; TAXI FIRM PARTNER

Anthony G. Strighlions of 64 Lexington Avenue, husband of the late Mary LaMorte Strighlions, died Tuesday night at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was 43. Mr. Strighlions was a partner in the Menna Taxi Company for a number of years and was a member of the Catholic War Veterans and the Pastime Athletic Club. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre of Operations and was awarded the European – African – Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and received the Purple Heart on November 3, 1944 for injuries received in the German invasion. Mr. Strighlions is survived by his mother, Mrs. Theresa Manna; one sister, Margaret, two brothers, John and Joseph Menna, all of this city and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9:30 from the Collins Funeral Home, 22 Flax Hill Road, and at 10 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Church. Burial will take place in St. John’s Cemetery. The funeral home will be open this evening from 7 to 10 and Thursday from 2 to 10 p.m.


Buried in St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut; plot number unknown. Photo from findagrave.com.


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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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