Italian American WWII Hero: Joseph Montopoli

Launched in 2020 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 through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative. 

This entry is a special submission from Michael A. Montopoli, MD, MPH, FACOEM, CAPT USN (Ret), in honor of his late father.

Joseph Michael Montopoli (1922-1999) was born in Rome, N.Y., where his parents Giuseppe and Maria (nee Paolini) Montopoli emigrated from Tocco da Casauria, Provincia di Pescara, Abruzzo. From 1943 to 1945, he served honorably in the United States Navy as Ship’s Serviceman Tailor Second Class (SSMT2).

“Thank you for your initiative honoring members of the ‘Greatest Generation,'” said Michael Montopoli.

Additional information on his service is available on the Navy Log at

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

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