October 28, 1916 (Norwalk, CT) – June 18, 2006 (Leominster, MA); 89 years old
Married to Margaret A. Nash (1924-2002).
One daughter, Deborah (1950-).
One son, David M. (1949-).
Local address: 22 Davis Street, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Entered the Army in June 1940
Retired on November 1, 1960, after 20 years of service.
Serial number: 6150723
Born to Giovanni “John” P. (1879-1955) and Devota Dal Colla Peretti (1885-1939). Four brothers, John A. (1908-1985), Joseph P. (1919-1960), Edward (1922-), and Albert (1925-2010). Four sisters, Jennie Peretti Cocco (1911-1990), Rose Peretti Lavoie Makovy (1915-1975), Mildred Peretti Costabile (1919-1977), Josephine C. Peretti Carboni (1923-1994), and Anna Peretti Pecunia (1928-2019).
Graduated from Norwalk High School in 1934.
Served in World War II and the Korean War.
Recipient of the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart Medal.
From The Norwalk Hour October 6, 1943
NORWALKER GETS THE SILVER STAR
Staff Sgt Bernaldo Peretti Cited For Gallantry In Action In Africa
Another hero has been added to Norwalk’s honor roll. He is Staff Sergeant Bernaldo M. Peretti, son of John Peretti of 22 Davis Street who has been cited for gallantry in action and awarded the Silver Star. The Citation follows:
For gallantry in action in the vicinity of El Guettar, Tunisia, March 23, 1943. When communication lines were severed by enemy fire, Sergeant Peretti voluntarily crossed terrain constantly exposed to heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire, and repaired those lines, thus enabling his battery to complete its mission successfully.
Sgt Peretti who entered the Army in June 1940, received his training at Fort Devens, Fort Ethan Allen, Fort Bragg, and Camp Blanding, Florida. He went overseas in July 1942, and has been in England, Scotland, Africa, and is now in Sicily. He was formerly employed at the Meyers Manufacturing Company. Mr. Peretti has two other sons in the service, Edward of the U.S. Navy, received his training at Newport, Rhode Island, and was formerly employed by Magraw and Company in New London, and Albert, who entered the Merchant Marine service in June, and who was formerly employed by the Manhattan Shirt Company. He received his training at Sheepshead Bay, and is on sea duty at the present time.
Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, 257 Main Street, Leominster, Massachusetts; Section 21, Lot 577. Photos from findagrave.com.