Lost: Unknown Found: 15 December 2009 Returned: 07 August 2011 Location: Watertown, NY
Private, Infantryman, assigned to Company H, 180th Infantry Regiment, which fell under the 45th Infantry Division. Corrado was reported missing in action in the village of Fremifontaine, France, and later reported Killed in Action there on 7 Oct 1944. 100 soldiers lost their lives in Fremifontaine. His awards and decorations are the Purple Heart (PH), Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB), Bronze Star Medal (BSM), World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Service Stars, American Campaign Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, and Expert Marksman Badge.
“What a surprise it was when Zac called to tell us that he had my brother’s Purple Heart Medal!!! There were six remaining siblings and when our parents passed on, we shared possesion of the Medal. Somehow, it became lost and it was found again by Zac’s mother who gifted it to him as a Christmas present. When he held this medal, Zac had an urgency to return it to us and he embarked on a mission that would lead him to the good work he is doing today. For us, the return of the Medal was a blessing. Zac’s intense drive to find my brother Corrado’s family, led him to search Corrado’s life . Zac gave us a complete history of Corrado’s military service and obtained all the other medals and citations he had earned and we were unaware of.
All of my brother’s medals were donated to the Italian American Civic Assoc. where Corrado’s medals and citations are hanging in a place of honor. We are proud and happy for the generous work Zac is doing in returning medals to the rightful owners. Zac’s perseverance, dedication and determination brings comfort and closure to those questions that have hung in the air waiting for answers”.