South Carolina On Maneuvers, 1942
Private Frank F. Mancinelli, 1943
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With His Wife Rose
800 MAINSTREET LOT325
||SPOUSE: ROSE M.
|Conflict: WW II
||Service Branch: ARMY
||Unit: E. CO 47
INF 9 DIV
||Where Captured: AFRICA
||Date Captured: 03/28/43
|Camps Held In: CAMPO
59, MOOSEBERG, STALAG IIB IN HAMMERSTEIN
||How Long Interned: 25
|liberated / repatriated: LIBERATED
||Age at Capture: 23
POW MEDAL, PURPLE HEART, EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, FRENCH MOROCCO WITH
2 BATTLE STARS, TUNISA
|Military Job: BAR
MATTIA PRINTING COMPANY
Frank was born January 20, 1918 in Newark, NJ. He was the youngest
of 6 children; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He grew up helping neighbors. After grammar
school, he went to the Boy's Vocational School in Newark, NJ and learned to be a printer.
After graduation, he went to work for Geiger Brothers Printing Company in Newark, NJ where
he helped print calendars and diaries. He met Rose Zarro there who would later become his
He was drafted into the Army on January 13, 1941 and proceeded to
Fort Dix, NJ for induction. He trained in Fort Bragg, North Carolina for 22 months in the
9th Inf. Division He arrived overseas on the invasion of Africa. After fighting across
French Morocco and Tunisia, he was wounded in action at the Kasarine Pass where the German
& Italian troops took him prisoner on March 28, 1943. He was transported to the
hospital in Palermo, Sicily where he stayed for 14 days. He was transferred to a hospital
in Bologna, Northern Italy for a 6-month recovery. He was loaded onto a boxcar with 100
other prisoners who were being transported to Campo 59 in Italy. When Italy capitulated,
he was set free into German occupied Italy where freedom lasted 10 days. Then, while
trying to reach American lines, he was re-captured by German troops and taken back to
Campo 59. He was held there until a train of boxcars arrived to transport the POW's to
Germany. This trip lasted 6 days & 5 nights in the boxcar with no food or water. They
arrived in Mooseberg, Germany. After a short stay, they were transported to Stalag 2 B in
Hammerstein, Germany. That lasted 1 and ½ years. During that time, the POW's were sent
out on daily work details. With the Russians persuing the Germans, he was transported to
different camps. He was put in a Camp in Hamburg, Germany. After a few days he
was taken to Cologne, Germany.
On April 18, 1945, A British Tank Battalion liberated the POW camp. All the men
were then admitted to a hospital in France where they were treated for yellow jaundice,
malnutrition and dysentery. All were then moved to Camp Lucky Strike in LaHarve, France to
await shipment back to the USA.
Late May of 1945, the men were loaded onto a ship heading for New York. This
took 6 days. On Memorial Day, the men saw the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and
were home at last.
On July 1, 1945 he married Rose Zarro and they settled in Irvington, NJ. They
worked together at Geiger Brothers for one year. Rose and Frank raised 4 children;
Richard, Irene, Angela Podskalny and Lisa Giamella. They are now the proud grandparents of
5; Dean & Cara Mancinelli, Frank & Victoria Giamella and Adam Podskalny. Frank and
Rose relocated to Dunedin, FL in October of 1988 and are enjoying their retirement.
Message to Future Generations:
WWII veterans & POW's served their country and fought for
freedom for all). The 5 years of my army life was an unforgettable experience. It gave me
the opportunity to love life and pass good values onto my children and future generations.
I am 81 and looking forward to the new millennium.