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Angelo Canei

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Angelo Canei

"For your sacrifice of your son upon the altar of the country, the nation is your debtor."

Gov. Matthew M. Neely to Julia Canei, September 20, 1944

Angelo Canei was born August 20, 1922, at Haileyville, Oklahoma, the youngest child of Angelo and Julia Favero Canei. Canei family
Canei family

Angelo Canei family
Angelo Canei, football player
Angelo Canei
Angelo Canei graduation picture.
The family later moved to Hancock County, West Virginia, where Angelo attended Weirton schools, graduating from Weir High School in 1941. While a student at Weir High, Angelo played football on the Red Riders team and enrolled in a welding class which qualified him for employment in the welding shop of Weirton Steel.

Angelo Canei in Clarksburg
Angelo Canei in Clarksburg on his way to Camp Polk, 1942
Angelo enlisted in the army on November 28, 1942, and received his training at Camp Polk, Louisiana, where he earned the rank of corporal. He was then assigned to Air Troop Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. There, in September 1943, he made his fifth and qualifying jump which gave him the right to wear the wings and boots of an Army Paratrooper.
Angelo Canei
Angelo Canei on leave in 1943.

Angelo Canei letter
Angelo Canei's last letter to his sister, May 1944
After a three-day leave in December 1943, he was transferred to Fort Meade and went overseas in February 1944. He was a member of Company H, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

Angelo participated in the D-Day invasion of France, the 501st assigned to parachute near Carenton in Normandy. He was reported missing on June 9, 1944; a later message from the War Department stated he died of wounds June 16, 1944.
Purple Heart certificate
Purple Heart certificate

Angelo Canei medals
Angelo Canei's medals.

Correspondence over body
War Department and Congressman Earl Lewis correspondence regarding Angelo Canei's body, 1947
Funeral service program
Funeral service program
Angelo was originally buried at a cemetery in Hiesville, near Carenton, in the area where he died. His remains were returned to the United States and on November 17, 1948, reinterred in St. Paul's Cemetery in Weirton.
Canei tombstone
Canei tombstone

Angelo Canei is listed on a memorial honoring those employees of Weirton Steel who served in World War II.

Weirton Steel Memorial Weirton Steel Memorial
Weirton Steel Memorial, May 1993


West Virginia Archives and History welcomes any additional information that can be provided about these veterans, including photographs, family names, letters and other relevant personal history.

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