Ralph Michael Maviglia
U.S. Army 925 Engineers Aviation Regiment
My father and his parents came to the United States in 1920 when he was nine months old. He lived most of his childhood and young adult life in Port Richmond. He married my Mom, Lena Antonucci, in 1946. They raised three children: Joanne, Pat and Ralph.
He was a truck/bus driver for most of his working life. He played drums while he was in the service and when he returned he played with a band on weekends. He encouraged my brothers and I to play an instrument and was very proud when he heard us perform. My brothers and I as children would ask him about his time in the Army because he would make us laugh at the stories he told us. Little did we know at the time that he served in very dangerous locations. When he passed, I found his discharge papers and this was evident.
He served in Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal My father loved our Mother and cherished his children and five grandsons. He was a wonderful family man and led a very full life. He was proud of his Italian heritage and proud of the USA.
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