Arthur A. Bonaldo
Company A 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Arthur A. Bonaldo was born in
Connecticut on January 20, 1925. He was drafted into the Army
on March 24, 1943 at New Haven, Connecticut. His home of residence was listed as
New Haven, Connecticut and his civilian occupation was listed as Apprentices To Printing Trades.
He had completed one year of High School and was single with dependents.
His religion was listed as Catholic.
Arthur Bonaldo had been assigned
to Company A as a replacement on June 13, 1944.
He was wounded on July 19, 1944, recovered in hospital and was back with his Company
in August. He was injured again on November 22 and returned again to his unit on November 27. ¹
During the Battle of the
Hürtgen Forest when on December 1st, Company A had to cross an
under heavy German artillery, mortar and machine gun fire, Bonaldo remarked that
"Every step you'd take there'd be a shell to help you along." ² By the end of that day
casualties had reduced his Company down to 35 men, and with all officers and NCO's
either killed or wounded, Captain Don Warner, commanding Company A, placed
PFC Arthur Bonaldo in charge of one of the Company's Platoons. ³
Private First Class Bonaldo was
killed in action near Rosport, Luxembourg when his five man
patrol was ambushed
by approximately 15 German soldiers on January 2, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
He was awarded the Bronze Star
Medal in General Orders # 14 Headquarters 22nd Infantry
dated January 31, 1945.
Arthur A. Bonaldo was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Hamm Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Connecticut.
Saint Lawrence Cemetery
New Haven County
In Hürtgen Forest; The Ordeal & Triumph of an American
by Robert Sterling Rush Published by University Press of Kansas 2001 pp 257
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