Co. C 319th Inf. 80th Div./wounded in action/1945
I've just begun researching my father's military history. His name was Curtis Francisco and he enlisted in Abington, Va. on 6 Oct 1942.He was in Co. C 319th Inf. 80th Div. and was sent to the ETO in July of 1944.As a PFC he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for wiping out an enemy machine gun nest.
At that time 2 of his brothers were also fighting in the war overseas. They were Seaman 1st Class Basil Francisco and Sgt. Lewis Francisco. My grandmother had written a touching poem for her boys which was published in a local newspaper with photos of all 3 of them. Thankfully, they all made it home alive.....however, my father sustained very serious injuries while serving as a Staff Sergeant in Germany on 20 Feb 1945. He was sent back to the USA in March of 1945 and spent the next year in and out of hospitals. He was Honorably Discharged on 15 June 1946 at the Percy Jones Hospital Center at Fort Custer, Michigan.
Although, it pains me to think of all that he went through......if it hadn't been for his injuries I wouldn't be here!My mother called the hospital one day to speak to one of her friends who was a patient and she was accidentally connected to the room of a lonely soldier. They spoke for a long period of time on the phone and he finally convinced her to come by and visit him. Of course, the lonely soldier was my dad.........and of course, my mother did stop by to visit him!This led to a 30 year marriage that ended with my father's death in an automobile accident in 1976.
I now feel the need to know more about my father's activities in the service. And eventually would also like to find out more about my uncles' tours of duty.
It would be wonderful if there was someone out there who knew my dad or his brothers! I guess I just want to understand more about what happened to him out there on that battlefield.
Candice Francisco Toth