Photo taken by me, World War I Memorial, Washington, D.C., 2008
Today's Tombstone Tuesday post is to honor my maternal grandfather's brother (my great uncle), Private First Class Michael J. Vitraelli. Michael "Mike" was born July 27, 1923, son of Leonard and Lucy Vitraelli (nee D'Orazio). Michael, US Army Service #36638490, was a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, and was KIA during WWI, October 21, 1944 in the Phillapines, and is buried in Mt. McKinley (aka Manila American Cemetery) in Manila, Phillapines (Plot A, Row 13, Grave 152). Michael was awarded the Purple Heart.