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Eugene Biancheri

Submitted by: Eugene J. Biancheri {Son}

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Eugene Biancheri was born around 1889. Eugene Biancheri served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Eugene Biancheri, born in 1889 in Italy, emigrated to New York City in 1904 and became a citizen two years later. He entered the U. S. Army on October 12, 1917 and trained with the 82nd Infantry Division in Camp Gordon, Georgia. Alvin York, then a Private and later one of the best known heroes of the War, was in the same 328th Infantry Regiment.

Eugene participated in the first major offensive of the War at St. Mihiel, France. On September 15 he was seriously gassed while working on repairs to broken telephone lines near Vandieres, France, and was evacuated to the field hospital at Dieulouard.

When the Order of the Purple Heart was revived in 1932, he received the medal, via the orders signed by General Douglas MacArthur, then Army Chief of Staff. My father proudly wore the Purple Heart pin on his jacket.