October 26, 1925 (Norwalk, CT) – August 12, 1991 (Norwalk, CT); 65 years old
Married to Elaine Haakareud Santagate (1941-) on June 13, 1970, in Norwalk, CT
Elaine remarried James Dascenzo on May 7, 1994, in Stamford, CT
One son, Paul J. (1969-). Two daughters, Theresa (1972), and Michelle (1978-).
Local address: 21 Bouton Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on November 15, 1943; 3 weeks after turning 18 years old
Serial number: 11138545
Discharged September 10, 1945
Unit: 97th Infantry Division, 386th Infantry Regiment, Company L

Born to Antonio L. Santagati (1893-1967) and Genevieve Carsaro Santagati (1900-1980). One brother, Vincent J. (1916-1998), and two sisters, Angelina Santagati Toni (1919-1994) and Mary Santagate Maisano (1922-2001).

Norwalk High School football team in 1941 (#18, standing, far left)

Received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with two service stars and the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). Also received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in action on April 12, 1945.

Unit report or 11-12 April 1945: An enemy counterattack began at 1830. Automatic weapons fire came from surrounding hills. Light Machine guns and mortars were credited with disorganizing the attack, which was repulsed in a short time. A defensive position was put into effect by setting up outposts in three towns. Headquarters and the 1st Platoon remained in Ingersauel setting up O.P. #1. The 2nd Platoon set up O.P. #2 at Hohn and the 3rd Platoon returned to Stein setting up O.P. #3. The next morning, the company reorganized and advanced, clearing 4 or 5 towns, finally reaching Post Seelscheid by 1800. Total POWs: 60. Wounded: PFC Frank A. Santagate.

Buried in St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Unknown section and plot number. Photo pending.


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.


  1. Thank you for this post Jeff. We doing with our daily lives in sometime forget who have kept this country safe for us and continue to do so. Thank you so much.


    1. Thank you for the kind words Kay. Nice to hear from you. The family of Frank Santagate sent me an application recently. They live in Texas. It’s nice to recognize yet another Purple Heart Medal recipient.


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