Louis Eugene Falvo
Tech 4 (Cook) United States Army
548th antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion
Louis Falvo was part of the WWII second draft serving from June 8, 1941 to November 24, 1945. He was inducted at Fort Meade, Maryland, followed by boot Camp at Camp Wallace, Texas. He attended “A” School at Camp Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas. He then reported to the 548th Antiaircraft Division at Camp Haan, near Riverside California, followed by duty at Bend, Oregon, and training at Fort Lewis Washington. His unit then traveled on a Troop Train spending 5 days going from the West to the East Coast. Louis commented, “We were surprised as we thought we were going to the Pacific, instead went to Europe.” He acknowledged that this was a tactic of trying to fool the enemy by training in the west and then thinking we were heading to the war in the Pacific.
In 1944, Fort Dix, New Jersey, his Army group boarded the Queen Mary and sailed to Scotland taking 4 days with 16,683 troops on board. Sleeping cots were everywhere and sea rations were the fodder for the entire voyage. The troops continued to England by train then ferried to France on a Landing Ship, Dock (LSD).
On November 11, 1944, the 548th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion joined the Ninth Army Corps, 102nd Infantry Division, known as the Men of the Ozarks, leaving St. Mere Eglise for the wars from Normandy to the front line at the Elbe River. The 548th served with distinction in the European Theater of Operations, receiving streamers for the campaigns of Rhineland and Central Europe. At the end of combat, the troops transported German prisoners to Belgium. Following conclusion of hostilities in Europe, Louis returned to the United States and was discharged at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania on November 24th 1945. The unit was then deactivated at Camp Mile Standish, Mass., on December 18, 1945. One of two cooks for 140 men, Louis was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, and European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with two bronze stars and the WWII Victory Medal.
After the war, he returned to Connellsville and was employed by the B&O, Chessie and CSX railroads retiring after 41 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and of the American Veterans Post 103.
Additional Relatives serving during WWII
Brother – Ralph J. Falvo, Lt. Col. US Army
Sister – Louise Falvo, Women’s Army Corps (WAC)
Brother – Pat Falvo, SSgt US Army Air Corps, 11th Heavy Bomb Group, 42nd Squadron
Brother - Frank Falvo, Seaman First Class, USS Missouri