Simonetti, John R., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
521-Basic Soldier
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 745, First Army (1st Army)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Staff Sergeant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jackson Heights
Last Address
Saint-Germain-d'Elle, France

Casualty Date
Jun 16, 1944
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 59, Site 4445

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 9th Infantry 2nd Infantry DivisionFirst Army (1st Army)
  1944-1944, 740, HHC, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry
  1944-1944, 745, 2nd Infantry Division
  1944-1944, 745, First Army (1st Army)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. John Simonetti enlisted into the Army on 20 February 1941 at Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Based initially at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, hIs unit was transferred to Belfast, Northern Ireland by October 1943 where it underwent rigourous training for Operation Overlord. Then to Wales in 1944.

In the ETO, he served with HHC, 1st Battlion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.  His unit landed on Omaha Beach, D-Day+1, 7 June 1944.

He would be engaged with three fights during the Normandy Campaign: Saint Laurent-sur-Mer, Trevieres, and Saint Germain d'Elle.  He was killed in what was called the Cerisy Offensive, 11-19 June 1944 ( fighting through the Foret de Cerisy)

It was in this latter fight that he was mortally wounde don 16 June 1944.

He was killed in action he was killed by a single bullet to the throat  in a pasture as his unit tried to capture the French village of St. Germain-d'Elle from the Germans. He was listed as Missing in Action until 2010.

Initially, SSgt. Rimonetti had a memorial in Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

On 9 May 2009, his skeletel remains were discovered by a construction crew working on a broken water main in Saint Germain-d'Elle, France, still with his dog tags.  He was identified and interred in Arlington National Cemetery 25 October 2010.
Both parents, both from Italy, Joseph  1968) and Mary (1963), were interred in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery,Flushing, Queens County, New York, Plot Section: 19, Row: W, Grave: 219.
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