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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterens Day Memory - Park named after my uncle in Staten Island


LIOTTI-IKEFUGI PLAYGROUND
WINTER AVE, BISMARK AVE, Staten Island, NY

This playground honors the memory Sergeant Carmine Liotti (1924-1945) and Private First Class Lloyd Ikefugi (1923-1945), two young men from Staten Island who died fighting for their country in World War II.

Carmine Liotti, born December 13, 1924, lived in New Brighton at 18 Ely Street and attended P.S. 17 on Harvard Avenue. At McKee High School he played football, and the Journal of American Football listed him as an all-star player. Liotti joined the army immediately after high school and became a medic in 319th Infantry. By April 15, 1945, Liotti’s unit advanced to the town of Glauchau, in the Saxony region of Germany. While Liotti attended to wounded men on the battlefield and prepared them for transport to the hospital in town, a German nurse called upon him to help evacuate an injured German as well. Lifting the German onto his litter jeep, Liotti proceeded up the main street of the town. An enemy soldier, perhaps unaware that a German lay in the vehicle, threw a grenade at the jeep, and shrapnel inflicted Liotti with mortal wounds. He lived just long enough for a priest to administer last rights.

Find more info here.

Inscription:
"DEDICATED TO
THE MEMORY OF
CARMINE LIOTTI
BORN DEC. 13, 1924
KILLED IN ACTION APRIL 15, 1945
LLOYD IKEFUGI
BORN SEPT. 16, 1923
KILLED IN ACTION APRIL 25, 1945
CARMINE GRANITO
WILLIAM SMITH
POST NO. 1296."

2 comments:

  1. WOW - that's an impressive piece of history. I am always struck by the committment and sacrifice of such young Americans in those wars. I am always grateful for the service of all of our Veterans. God Bless America!

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  2. Anonymous6:10 PM

    My father in law, PFC Harry Heiberger, of St. Mary' Pennsylvania also died in the incident that killed PFC Liotti. At least one other PFC also died that terrible day in Glauchau. My father in law is buried in the american cemetery at Margraten, The Netherlands. He received a purple heart and silver star for actions taken on the day described herein. Freedom really is not free. Jesus once said something to the effect " greater love hath no man than he should lay down his life for his friends...". Without taking exception to our Savior, I wonder what it means to lay down your life for your enemies.

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