Italian American WWII Hero Sgt. Lou “Red” Vigliotti

To remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war, using the tag #IAWW2Heroes on social media.

This entry is a special submission from Sgt. Vigliotti’s son, Lou Vigliotti Jr.

Lou “Red” Vigliotti served in World War II from 1941 to 1945 and fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign in the jungles of Philippines. While there, he contracted malaria, but his service did not waiver and he continued to fight for his country.  In addition to various honors and medals, he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star for his heroism and bravery after the war.

He was born and raised in Bradford, Pa., and after the war he returned home and married Helen. They lived in the small town of Lewis Run, Pa., and raised three children there. 

He was the son of, Dominic and Dominica Vigliotti, who immigrated from the Naples, Italy, area (Cervino) in the early 1900’s. 

His son, Lou Jr., says he is “proud to be part of the Italian family and continue to carry on traditions.”

If you’d like to make a submission to NIAF’s #IAWW2Heroes initiative, email the photo and description to

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