SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield resident Angelo Paradiso passed away quietly on Sunday November 9, 2014.  A South Plainfield resident for nearly sixty years, Paradiso was an unassuming and modest individual.  Paradiso was a World War II veteran, that landed on Utah Beach on D-Day.  This Veteran’s Day TAP into South Plainfield would like to thank Angelo for his service to his Country, and use his story as a tribute to all of our members of the armed forces on this Veteran’s Day.

Here is Angelo’s story:

“The biggest highlight of my life was serving my Country during World War II.  I was inducted March 17, 1942 to January 12, 1946.  I had basic training with the 8th Armored Division for about a 1 ½ years. 

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They broke up our Division and sent us overseas as replacements to the 90th Infantry Company B 359 Battalion.  They were getting us ready for the invasion of Normandy.

The invasion of Normandy took place on June 6, 1944.  We hit the beach which I found out was called Utah Beach.  The invasion was on and it was real hell.  After the assault on the beach we eventually met up to relieve the 101st Airborne.  This took place further inland in France.  From the beaches of Normandy to the hedgerow country there was no letup in the fighting.  I was wounded on July 25, 1944.  This was my first wound and it was a minor one.  I received the Purple Heart for this wound.  The next day I was back on duty in my outfit and I ended up taking part in the biggest battle of the war after Normandy; the Battle of Falaise Pocket.

During the Battle of Falaise Pocket I was fighting for three straight days and nights.  We surrounded the German 7th Army.  The fighting for this battle ended August 19, 1944. 

I went on to fight in Northern France, the Rhineland and then Czechoslovakia.  When the war ended in Germany we were still fighting in Czechoslovakia.  Before the war ended I was wounded a second time on November 11, 1944.  I received the Oak Leaf Cluster for the Purple Heart.  I had four weeks of rehabilitation and I was returned to my outfit.

During the War I received the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster Medal, the European Service Medal, the American Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the French Medal for the Invasion of Normandy, the Arrowhead for hitting the Beach on D-Day and I received four Battle Stars for four different battle Campaigns.

The fighting for me was a nightmare until the war was over.  I thank God over and over that I was not permanently disabled from my wounds and I was able to live a normal life.  I hope that for what we fought for was not in vain.  May we have freedom forever for all of mankind and may we live in peace together forever”.”

As General Douglas MacArthur said in his farewell speech “old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”  Angelo Paradiso faded away this past Sunday, but his wife, family, friends and Country will never forget him.   

Editor’s Note, Angelo Paradiso’s story was shared with us by his family. A few years ago Angelo wrote down his story so his family and grandchildren would have a history of his service record in World War II. Tap into South Plainfield thanks the Paradiso family for sharing his story and expresses our deepest sympathies and condolences to Angelo’s family, friends and all who had the honor of knowing him.