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The Grave of Giovanni Angelillo in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France

Private Giovanni Angelillo, U.S. Army, 79th Division (Company K), 315th Infantry was killed in action on 27 September 1918 at Malancourt on the second day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He was twenty-five years old and a citizen of the Kingdom of Italy.

The grave of Giovanni Angelillo in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, 49 KB

Image source: American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington, D.C. 20314

The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery is located in Romagne (Meuse), Lorraine, France. Giovanni Angelillo is buried in Plot B, Row 32, Grave 13.

Plan of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, 47 KB

Image source: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial. Washington, DC: American Battle Monuments Commission, 1993, p. 4

At the cemetery

Angelo Abiuso at the grave of Giovanni Angelillo, 31 KB
Angelo Abiuso at the grave of Giovanni Angelillo
On 15 August 2014, Angelo Abiuso (Geneva) visited the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. He bought a white candle in Rheims (Reims) Cathedral to light at the grave, and beside the candle he placed an olive branch which is a symbol of peace.
Candle from Rheims and an olive branch, 25 KB
At the cemetery office, the associate Dominique Didiot looked up the records for Giovanni Angelillo, and found that Giovanni was reburied twice; the first burial was near Verdun; Mr. Didiot said he did not understand why this would be. He said that the army could not take the hill at Montfaucon straight on but had to approach it from the sides, and he thought that maybe Giovanni Angelillo might have died on the second day of this offensive.

As far as I know, Angelo Abiuso, who is my third cousin, one generation removed, on my mother's side, is the only person who has ever visited Giovanni Angelillo's grave.

The URL of this Web page: https://www.roangelo.net/angelo/grave13.html
Last revised: 24 February 2007 : 2007-02-24 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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