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Honoring Service: Veteran Anthony J Grimaldi, World War II

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Veteran 2024-06-Grimaldi, Anthony
Anthony Grimaldi

Anthony Joseph Grimaldi was born in New York in 1916. His family lived in Rye at 29 Grapal St. and was a member of the Church of the Resurrection. Anthony graduated from Rye High School in 1934. During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In the early 1940s, Anthony served as a state trooper in Rye, NY until he was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II. Awards he received during his lifetime include a Purple Heart, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and an Air Medal with five Oakleaf Clusters.

Birth date: 29 August 1916
Died of: 23 November 1998
Street Address: 29 Grapel Street.
Service number: 104201359
Troop unit: US Air Force

Grimaldi was a first lieutenant and B-17 navigator with the 546th Bomber Squadron, 384th Bomber Group H, stationed in England. He took part in 25 combat missions over Germany and survived two crash landings. Anthony’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was named “Doris Mae.”

The 546th Bomber Squadron arrived at its combat base at RAF Grafton Underwood on 6 June 1943. Anthony flew mainly missions as part of the strategic bombing campaign against Germany, attacking air bases and industrial targets in France and Germany. The squadron took part in a raid on aircraft factories in Germany on 11 January 1944, for which it received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC).

Anthony’s squadron was occasionally withdrawn from strategic bombing to fly close air support and interdiction missions. It attacked targets along the Normandy coast in support of Operation Overlord, and continued these attacks until D-Day, when it attacked airfields and communications facilities beyond the beachhead. It also supported Operation Cobra and Operation Market Garden in 1944, and the Battle of the Bulge and the Allied attack across the Rhine into Germany in 1945.

Following his military service, he served as construction manager for Intecounty Construction Company, where he was instrumental in the growth of this small, family-owned construction company into a major privately owned pipeline and subway project company based in Hyattsville, Maryland. From 1978 until his retirement in 1982, he served as a project cost estimator for Cardinal and Sons Construction in Reisterstown, Maryland.

Anthony Joseph Grimaldi died at home on Monday, November 23, 1998, from complications following bypass surgery. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ragnihild “Ronnie” Grimaldi; a son, Christopher Grimaldi of Eldersburg, MD; a daughter, Joan Alagna of Ellicott City, MD; three beloved grandchildren, David Anthony Grimaldi, Kelly Marie Alagna and Jason Michael Alagna; a brother and three sisters. He was 82 years of age.

Anthony Grimaldi is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. More about Grimaldi.

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