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Antonio Mastropietro

Submitted by: Frank Mastropietro {Nephew}

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Antonio Mastropietro was born in1895 in Cercepiccola, Italy. Antonio Mastropietro served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Antonio (Peters) Mastropietro was born in Cercepiccola, Campobasso, Molise, Italy on August 22, 1895, the eldest son of Pasquale Mastropietro and Carmela Antonelli. At a young age, he and his family came to the United States and took up residence at 36 Hulin Street in Mechanicville, NY. He attended School 3 on Saratoga Avenue.

While employed as a winder at the Strang Mill, he enlisted in the Marine Corp under the name Anthony Peters on July 7, 1917. He was shipped overseas and served as a rifleman with the 8th Co., 5th Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division. He suffered shrapnel wounds on November 1, 1918 and died the following day.

His body was returned to the United States on September 20, 1920, and he is buried in Assumption-St. Paul’s Cemetery. Mechanicville, NY.

 

He earned three medals: Expert rifleman Aisne-Marne, St. Mihel Battle Defense Sector Medal and the Citation pendant La Grand Guerre from the French Government.

The name for the Peters-Purcell Post Italian-American War veterans in Mechanicville was derived from the first Italian-American servicemen who gave their lives in World War I and World War II: Anthony Peters and Patrick Purcell.

Side note: I was told that because he enlisted as Anthony Peters there was difficulty when it came time to claim his body. His father had to bring the mid-wife who delivered him to verify that he was their son. Oddly, at the family gravesite, there are markers for Anthony Peters, Pasquale Peters, and Carmela Peters. All the others in that plot are marked as Mastropietros. At some point in time the family chose not to be referred to as Peters.

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