Aprilia, the son of the American soldier who was one of the heroes of World War II, returns to the places where his father fought

Aprilia, the son of the American soldier who was one of the heroes of World War II, returns to the places where his father fought

From the USA to Aprilia on the trail of the places where his father fought during World War II, during the Italian Campaign and for…

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From the USA ad Aprilia On the trail of the places where his father fought during World War II During the Italian Campaign and getting to know the families his father helped save in 1944.

Robert Fred Kay70 years old, is a son John L. KayFirst Lieutenant of the Quartermaster Corps of the 6th American Company, who on January 22, 1944 took part in what went down in history as the Anzio landings.

Lieutenant Kay managed and evacuated civilians on the bridgehead. On March 2, 1944, Lieutenant Kay, during the evacuation of civilians, found refugees inside the farmhouses of Torre del Padiglione, which is today a small village. ApriliaAfter traversing a minefield and crossing several trenches, he found himself under a hail of enemy artillery and mortar fire. Despite everything, he managed to evacuate and save the civilians.

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For this operation, Senior Lieutenant Kai was awarded “Bronze Star Medalwhich was handed over to him personally by the general Mark J Clark Commander of the Fifth US Army and first collaborator of Dwight EisenhowerCommander-in-Chief of American Forces in Europe and future President of the United States.

Thanks for the association Factory 1944Robert Kay, who directs the exhibition of the Museum of the Battle of Aprilia within the Calisoni Bulgari estate, has visited the sites of the Battle of Aprilia: from Campo dei Carne to Campoleone, passing through the Via Pontone countryside in the Riserva Nuova (Aprilia) area where Second Lieutenant Eric Waters, father of Pink Floyd bassist, was lost , his life on February 13, 1944 Roger Waterswho on February 17, 2014 opened a memorial to his father’s memory there.

Robert Kay also met Ermanno de Carolis, whose parents were refugees in the farmhouses of Torre del Badiglione. Thanks to the advice of the historian Silvano Casaldi, through maps and testimonies, the path taken by Lieutenant Kay on March 2 from Torre del Badiglione to Campoverde was reconstructed, helping to save many lives. A baggage of memory will be brought back to America, with the realization that he is the son of a hero.

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