Paterno, Giovanni, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
13A10-Field Artillery Basic
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1919-1919, Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
Service Years
1918 - 1919
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Contact Info
Home Town
Santa Nifa
Last Address
Vineland, New Jersey

Date of Passing
Dec 14, 1960
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Secion 42 Site 921

 Official Badges 

World War I Victory Button World War I Honorable Discharge Chevron

 Unofficial Badges 

Artillery Shoulder Cord

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

He was a Pepper Farmer in Vineland, New Jersey.

Other Comments:

" Don't  Take up with loose women , you'll get burnt  " -  John Paterno

My Uncle John Paterno's War Story

When I was a young boy my Uncle John told me a story from WWI. But now that I am getting up in years myself, I can't be sure if he was telling me about his brother, Henry, or his own experience. They were both in the Great War of 1918.

During WWI, my uncle was in combat; most likely with the field artillery. Sometimes there were spells of quiet, with not much to do, and rations were short. On a day such as this, my uncle stumbled upon a single cigarette in his breast pocket. He put the cigarette in his mouth and then searched for a match. After checking all his pockets and finding no matches, he asked his buddies, but they had not one match between them. He took a few drags on the dead cigarette, finding no gratification. Then he looked up to the sky and said, " God I do wish I had a match ." Knowing my uncle, he probably said this in Italian.

Then, he told me, he lowered his head to say a prayer. As he did, he notices a single, wooden match at his feet.  Quickly he bent down to pick it up. At that moment Uncle John heard a shot ring out. It seams a sniper's shot just whizzed over his head and missed. Wasting no time he said a quick prayer of thanks.

Now, I never asked if he smoked that fateful cigarette. However, I will always be glad that God was watching over him and brought him home safe; for my life would have been less full, not having known him.

Richard L Paterno

Dec. 18 - 2008

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 Unit Assignments
Army GarrisonsArmy Garrison Fort Jackson, SC30th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 115th Field Artillery
Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
  1918-1918, Army Garrison, Fort Slocum, NY
  1918-1918, Army Garrison Fort Jackson, SC
  1918-1918, 30th Infantry Division
  1918-1919, 1st Battalion, 115th Field Artillery
  1919-1919, Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 Aisne Campaign/The Battle of Cantigny
  1918-1918 World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
  1918-1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign/Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Phase 1
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