Gerald Anthony Campetella

Company C 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 06/18/1944

 

 

Gerald A. Campetella was born in Connecticut in 1918. He was drafted into the Army on
September 8, 1941 at Hartford, Connecticut. His home of residence was listed as Norwalk,
Fairfield County, Connecticut and his civilian occupation was listed as Unskilled Occupations
In Manufacture Of Boots And Shoes. He had completed one year of High School and was
single with no dependents. His religion was listed as Catholic.

Private Campetella was killed in action in France during the attack toward Cherbourg
on June 18, 1944.

Communication from Julien Woestyn in Belgium indicates that Gerald A. Campetella
was wounded in action on D-Day June 6 and died of his wounds on June 18.

 

 

Gerald A. Campetella was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery
Sainte Mere-Eglise #1 at Carentan, France in Block N Row 6 Grave 102 and was moved to the permanent
cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, most likely in 1948 when the temporary cemeteries were shut down.

 

Burial:
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
Plot B Row 20 Grave 46

 

     

Grave marker for

Gerald A. Campetella

Photo by

John Tomawski

and

Andreia Lino

 

 

 

Julien Woestyn writes:

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017, two members of the association Deeds Not Words went to Normandy.

They crossed the Contentin, from Utah Beach to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Poupeville, Azeville Batterie, Crisbecq …

But the most emotional, rewarding, unforgettable moment was the meeting with Campetella’s family at Colleville cemetery.

Théophile adopted a soldier’s grave. This soldier, Gerald Anthony Campetella, was from the 22nd regiment, 4th Infantry.
Théophile contacted one of the descendant of Gerald A. Campetella, and they met, on the 26th November at Colleville cemetery,
Gérald M. Campetella and one of his sons, Joe.

No words adequately describes the emotions near the meeting point, Gerald. A Campetella’s grave.
During one hour, they were given ample opportunity to get to know one another and regrettably our paths separated …

 

Left, Gerald M. Campetella the son of Gerald A. Campetella - right, Théophile O.
At the grave of Gerald A. Campetella in Normandy November 2017.

Photo courtesy of Julien Woestyn

 

 

Left, Gerald M. Campetella - right, Théophile O.
At the grave of Gerald A. Campetella in Normandy November 2017.
Théophile has adopted the grave of Private Gerald A. Campetella.
Théophile lives inWattignies, France.

Photo courtesy of Julien Woestyn

 

Théophile and Julien are members of the Deeds not words Association in Europe.
To view some of their work click on the following link:

Les parrainages - Deeds not words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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