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Tallmadge man donates his father's WWII uniform to museum

by Thomas Clapper | Reporter Published: May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
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A uniform worn by a Malvern veteran will forever stand as testament of his service in a national museum.

U.S. Army Technical Sergeant Anthony De Palmo will have his dress uniform on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Army in Fort Belvoir, Va. after his son, Frank De Palmo, of Tallmadge, donated it to the museum.

Born Aug. 12, 1916, in Malvern, De Palmo enlisted Sept. 17, 1941, and was sent to California for basic training. He also received training at Fort Lewis in Washington and in South Carolina for amphibious landing training.

He entered WWII in the European Theater on Nov. 8, 1942, when the U.S. officially entered combat operations in North Africa.

He was deployed and served under General George Patton as a platoon sergeant in the Third Division, 30th Infantry Regiment, Company I.

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De Palmo was involved in the Algeria-French Morocco Campaign, Tunisian Campaign, Sicilian Campaign, Italian Campaign, Southern France campaign and Norther France Campaign.

During that time, he did four amphibious landings with the Third Division, the most done by a U.S. Army Division.

He received a Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, five Oak Leaf Clusters, six Battle Stars, European-African-Middle Western Theater Ribbon and a purple heart.

DePalmo was injured on Nov. 24, 1944. After several months of hospitalization, he was officially discharged July 17, 1945.

He passed away Nov. 30, 1994, at the VA Wade Park Hospital in Cleveland.

Now, his uniform will be properly maintained and be enjoyed by all at the National Museum of the U.S. Army in Fort Belvoir, Va.

"To be able to have his uniform accepted is such an honor," said Frank De Palmo. "It is nice for them to have a historical piece of history from World War II and for it to be approved as U.S. historical property."

Thomas Clapper is a reporter with the News-Leader in Minerva, a sister paper. He may be reached at 800-355-5530.

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