Thank you so much. Your information is very valuable to me. Its very hard to bring this history to the forefront after many of the battles have been forgotten. The peolple who were actually involved in this attack or the many battles of WW2 are getting fewer and fewer.
I never knew my uncle. He was KIA in 1944 and I was born in 1961. After so many years I have never asked the questions or wanted to know what he must have gone through in support of this nation.
Now I'm 40 years old and I have a family....and I think of this man I never knew. He was 19 years old with no wife or kids, his bloodline was forever stopped when he was killed. He never had the chance to live life or to have a family or appreciate the little things we do every day.
I have one thing of his....a 5th Army medal comemorating the taking of Naples. And I look at it often these days.
Over the many years since his death his personnel effects, medals and what not have been lost or dispersed until there was nothing left in my family history to comemorate his service or his great sacrifice for his country and his fellow I company brothers.
I have written to the U.S. Army to see if I can get his medals replaced but I have had no response in 3 months. I will keep trying until I succeed. I intend to mount his medals and create a place of honor in my house so no one will forget PFC Melvin F. O'Neal. Killed in combat May 14, 1944 in Italy.