Maurice V. Castello (#35585730)

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Akron, Ohio
July 23, 1913
Private First Class (Pfc)

Anti Tank

83rd Infantry
Bronze Star Medal, ...

Maurice Virgil Castello was born on July 23, 1913, in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, as the youngest son of four children to Dewitt D. (1884-1967) and Leona M. (Allen) Castello (1883-1949). Maurice Castello was married with Nellie M. Bibler on July 29, 1933 and they had a daughter Ellen Louise Castello (1935-2008). He still lived in Summit County, Ohio, when he enlisted (#35585730) on October 14, 1942 in Akron, Ohio. At that time he had 3 years of high school education, his civil occupation was listed as "Semiskilled occupations in production of rubber goods" and he was separated with dependents.

Picture taken in 1943 and send to his daughter Ellen (courtesy Sam Catalona)

Maurice Castello was one of the early members of Anti-Tank Company and was with them at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. There he was reduced from Technician 5th Grade to private (reason unknown) on January 25, 1944. Early April, 1944 Anti-Tank Company was stationed at Camp Shanks from where they left the US. They headed for Europe aboard the HMT Samaria. Maurice & AT Company arrived in Liverpool on April 16 from where they left for Wales by train. The unit boarded the SS Lucy Stone on July 19, 1944 for France but due to heavy weather it took them 5 days to arrive at Omaha Beach. After a month in Combat he was promoted to Private First Class on August 15. He stayed with Anti Tank Company for the remainder of the war and received a Bronze Star for his service on July 14, 1945. After the war was over he was transferred to the 7th Armored Division in September 1945, with this unit he was then discharged.

Bronze Star was presented in 1945, during a ceremony at Deggendorf, Germany by Colonel Bowen (courtesy Anthony M. Catalona)

Maurice Castello died on October 15, 1964, at age 51, at St. Thomas Hospital Medical Center, Akron, Ohio.

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Source Information:
Sam Catalona and Anthony M. Catalona (Grandsons)