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Louis Eugene Falvo

Tech 4 (Cook) United States Army

548th antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion

 

Louis Eugene Falvo

Tech 4 (Cook) United States Army

548th antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion


 

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