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. This entry is a special submission from Carmela Del Vecchio in honor of her cousin’s service.
Carmen A. Catanese was born in Rossiter, Penn. He was the son of Antonio Catanese, who was born in San Pier Niceto, Messina, Sicily and fought for the United States in WWI.
Carmen A. Catanese was in the U.S. Army and served in Guam as an airplane power plant mechanic from April 4 until December 28, 1945.
During his service in Guam he was a Crew Chief and responsible for the maintenance of the aircraft at all times. He inspected the maintenance and repair of airplanes, observed operation of airplane power plants and made adjustments as necessary for proper functioning. He made replacements and assisted in removal and installation of new engines.
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