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PostPosted: 14/09/2010 18:13:18    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Pour les fans

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PostPosted: 15/09/2010 17:32:59    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Lors de mon voyage chez Joe, celui-çi m'avait offert son histoire . Je ne pourrai pas mettre tout en une fois . mais petit à petit ...

This is the story of isola, France, during World War II from september to December, 1944

By Joe Cicchinelli
551St Parachute Infantry Battalion


Octobre 1st
Enemy Patrol continues to be active with the help of their German artillary concentration in Isola Village area? A total of 738 rounds from the German artillary fell on the Isola area in the month of October. Also , October 1st, our patrol was active. Isola is again being shelled by German artillary with 20 rounds.

October 2nd
Isola was again shelled at 0200 and at 1600. Fourteen rounds fell on Isola, all of heavy artillary. A 40 man combat patrol was sent out with two officers. The mission was to neutralize German position in their patrol route .

October 3rd
Isola was shelled between 1000 and 1100, with 24 hours of 150 men. Five Frenchmen were killed, seven wounded. Our long range patrol was still out.

October 4th
Forty man combat patrol returned. Mission incomplete because of physical condition of the patrol due to insufficient clothing. We were operating in deep snow. Enemy was seen, but no combat .

October 5th
Two patrol was sent out -- 15 men &nd one officer. No report of the enemy. A jeep with Three men ran over a mine. The driver was killed and three men were wounded .

October 6th
The company had a patrol consisting of 15 men and one officer contacted the enemy at Lake Della Finestro. They advanced toward the enemy in a blinding snow storm. The Germans saw them and opened fire on the patrol from pill boxes and with mortars. Eight Germans tried to get the patrol in a flanking fire. Our patrol killed seven or eight Germans in the fire fight. Two Americans were wounded. Our patrol withdrew down the valley to safety.

October 7th
We were given the order by the Battalion Headquarters in St Martin Vesiboe to start winterizing and get ready for winter for all the men on outpost and for our living quarters.

FIN première partie
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PostPosted: 16/09/2010 11:05:53    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

October 8th
Isola was shelled by five rounds. Company A Headquarters Building was shelled and we had holes and fragment in the building. We had sandbags around the building for protection. Joe C had a camera and took pictures of the bombing of Isola. Joe was also hade taken pictures of his Company A Platoon and some civilians in Isola.

October 9th
Today, it was quiet. No patrol activity. While it was quiet, company A was digging fox holes for protection from the German shellings.

October 10th
This was also a quiet day and we patrolled around the village of Isola and above the area of Isola for German patrols.

October 11th
We had 25 rounds of artillery fall in the vicinity of Isola ( 77's and 150's ) shells. No casualties.

October 12th
24 more rounds of artillery ( 77's and 150's ) were dropped again in and around Isola. Our 81mm mortars fire 119 rounds at German Patrol. Results were not observed.

October 13th
Another quiet day. We patrolled the area of Isola and our outpost.

October 14th
We saw an unientifield aircraft by our outpost. Isola again was shelled with nine rounds of artillery. There were no casualties.

October 15th
Our battalion prepared a readjustment. Now we are an independent battalion. We are longer attached to the 509 Parachute Infantry. We had the compan A of the 40 Engineers attached to our organization. The Engineers are removing rock slides and improving the roads in our sectors from the shelling of the Germans and also our Engineers are Ant? personnel mines. We also were given one reconnaissnce platoon and a tank destroyer platoon was also attached. Isola had a tank protecting Isola from the river bed.

October 16th
We had four patrols sent out to locate the enemy. One patrol watched enemy in pillbox. Five Germans were observed but no action was taken.
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October 17th
Isola Has still been constantly subjected to harassing fire and shelling. The germans were shelling Isola with mostly 150mm shells .The concentration of the German fire seems to be divided on the bridge south of Isola to and from the ton of Isola. 107 rounds of artillery was counted during this period.

October 18th
Isola is still being shelled. Shelling b the German artillery is directed on all moving vehicles on the road to and from Isola. Three men from St Sauveur left to re-encounter a route by mountain trail to Isola. This is for an emergency route in the event the road to Isola is Blocked.

October 19th
Joe C. and his seven man patrol above Isola was shelled by the Germans. On the trail, a shell hit near Joe and a prayer box was damaged. The rosary in the prayer box fell down the side of the montain. Joe C. put the rosary in his pocket. Joe C. sent the Rosary to his mother in the U.S. ( 45 years later Joe C. returned the Rosary back to Isola. The Rosary now is in the Church of Isola and the Rosary hangs around the neck of the virgin Mary ).

Isola is still being shelled by artillery fire. Since the 10th of October, 310 shells, 150mm have fallen in the area of Isola The three man patrol sent an emergency route to Isola returned and reported that the trail soutes are extremely poor.

October 20th
24 ma combat patrol with the mission to place 81mm fire on enemy position and to have T.D. tanks fire on the German Pill boxes. the T.D. tanks fired 32 rounds at the enemy installations in the vicinity of Madonna des Fenestres.

October 21st
Joe C. patrol had a mule pack with a 50 caliber machine gun taken to the top of the mountains of Isola to set up position to observe the enemy. Joe C. and the patrol had four FFI attached to him.

Three to four times? Joe had attached to his patrol FFI soldiers in the mountains above and around Isola. It was cold very cold and no winter clothing. Many times, we had to make a fire to keep warm. Also 24 man patrol with mule pack and 81mm mortars fired 150 rounds in the pill boxes and barracks area. Unknown number of enemy killed and more wounded. We had no casualies. Isola is still being shelled and also the bridge south of Isola.

In the mountains with French FFI, we shared our food together in what food we had. Also, we had cigarettes to share with the French.

The FFI had American guns rifles and machine guns. The guns needed cleaning and I was showed the FFI how to dismantle our American guns and how to clean the guns. We had learned ( the American and FFI ) to work together , we shared together whatever we had and to fight together. We never had any problems with each other. All we wanted was to drive the Germans out of the mountains as soon as possible.

We Americans of Company A patrolled mostly in the area above Isola and sometimes in St Etienne de Tinne. I really do not remember everywhere that we had patrolled and how many miles we had covered. It have been a tireless effort going up and down the mountains and crawling on the mountain rocks. The mountain never seemed to end. There was always another moumtain to climb. Many times, we never met anyone and many times it was very lonesome until we returned back to the village of Isola safely. It was good to go to the river and bath and get cleaned up.

Patrolling would go on and on for many days, weeks and months. This was a good thing because we were young and strong and had a good endurance. With all of this, we had come to conquer and defeat the Germans.

October 22nd

Isola was Shelled again with 58 rounds. Shells were of a large caliber.

October 23rd

We had our T.D. tank fire to Mercantour.

October 24th

We had one section 937th Field Artillery ( 155mm ) move into St Sauveur to fire counter battery against ennemy artillery directed at Isola. Engineers were stringing wire entanglement and laying anti-personnel mines above St Martin Vesubie in the entrance of Fenestres Valley. Isola again shelled with 27 rounds . No casualties.

October 25th and 26th

No Change. Patrols and men on outpost above Isola. No enem to be seen. Some patrol up on the snow with skis looking for the enemy.

October 27th

Reconnaissance patrol was active. No enemy contacted. Company A, 2nd Platoon, and the 40th Engineers continued to lay mine fields in the approach of the Fenestres Valley. Sometimes were on patrol for days and weeks at a time with no baths or change of clothing. We were very hungry. The mountain trail and terrains were very rough and Step and tiresome. Even my socks rotted off my feet. Our clothing was torn and ragged. We had not shaved for weeks. After patrol, we bathed in the river in Isola, even thoughthe water was very cold. After a shave and some rest, we felt good.

There was a little boy three years old who I called Johnny. I felt good and satisfying to hold johnny on my lap.
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PostPosted: 21/09/2010 14:20:42    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Bonjour à tous,

Pourquoi ne parlez-vous pas du livre de 400 pages qui est intitulé:

"GOYA" The Story of Joseph Cicchinelli, a 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion Paratrooper.

L'auteur de ce livre serait Patrick Brion.

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PostPosted: 21/09/2010 14:28:33    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

J'ai mis les deux livres sur Joe dans littérature et http://us.army.39.45.xooit.com/t2546-Mes-achats.htm.


Je travaille avec Pat et malheureusement le livre n'a été fait qu'en 200 exemplaires ( volonté de Joe ) et il ne reste que quelques exemplaires à Bastogne ...
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PostPosted: 21/09/2010 14:35:20    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Sgt Potier wrote:


Je travaille avec Pat et malheureusement le livre n'a été fait qu'en 200 exemplaires ( volonté de Joe ) et il ne reste que quelques exemplaires à Bastogne ...


Je n'avais pas vu passer l'annonce et je ne savais pas que ce livre avait seulement été tiré à 200 exemplaires. C'est vraiment très peu et c'est certainement la raison pour laquelle personne n'en parle.

Moi-même j'ai un exemplaire dédicacé de Joe mais je suis incapable de dire le prix.

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PostPosted: 21/09/2010 17:46:29    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

tout dépendait si tu l'achetais à Joe, Pat ou au militaria Bastogne ... logiquement 50 euro avec Joe et Pat et 55 chez militaria .
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PostPosted: 21/09/2010 18:27:19    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

5 euro sur le dos de Joe c'est degeu

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PostPosted: 21/09/2010 18:44:59    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Ce n'est pas sur son dos ... c'est la logique de la vente ... avec ou sans intermédiaire ... maintenant pour avoir été témoin avec Joe , Celui-çi recherchait des insignes pour sa tenue , il les a trouvé et le magasin les a offert, de même pour Curtis avec Paradice , Paradice ayant pour mission la dernière fois de me ramener le livre de Joe que je devais envoyer dans une famille du 551 , le livre me fut vendu à 45 euro ...
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PostPosted: 10/10/2010 15:53:36    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

October 28th

We had three eight man patrol departing. A Company to cover 3,000 yards at Isola. Each Eight man patrol to cover a special area tp locate enemy mortar positions. First and Second Platoon of the 645 T.D. tank destroyer fired 156 rounds at the enemy. The enemy location was destroyed and on fire. Battery B of the 932nd field artilley destroyed enemy barracks and gun positions, ammunition dumps, and dug outs. Also direct hits on pill boxes. A total of 408 rounds were fired by 937th FA ( Field Artillery ). Isola was shelled with 55 rounds of 15mm. The shelling was directed in town and the bridge. One American GI truck was ddestroyed. One french truck was destroyed killing the french driver and wounding one other frenchman. In the valley of Isola, one Frenchman was wounded.

October 29th

No shells fell on Isola. Isola had a quiet day. Our Third platoon rested, cleaning our clothes, rifles and gear to prepare for another patrol.

October 30th

19 rounds fell on St Martin Vesubie. Five men were wounded. Two Frenchmen were wounded. Isola was again shelled with nine rounds of heavy caliber artillery. No damage was done.

October 31st

A 42 man patrol departed Our T.D. tank destroyer fired from Company B returned. Enemy was observed in the Lac-Belle Finest NU area 125 rounds. The results were unknow. 202 rounds fell. Heavy artillery fell in the vicinity of Isola. One Frenchman Was wounded. 35 rounds fell in St Martin Vesubie. No Casualties.

November 1sr and 2nd

We were on routine patrol. All patrols were in different areas and sections. Our area of action was quiet
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PostPosted: 10/10/2010 19:42:35    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Je viens d'avoir Joe on the phone ... il est très faible pour le moment, il a une bronchite depuis 3 semaines et se trouve très faible , il m'a demandé de remettre his regards à ses amis ...
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PostPosted: 11/10/2010 16:23:41    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

Il t'a demandé quoi????

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PostPosted: 11/10/2010 16:50:12    Post subject: Cicchinelli Joe 551PIB Reply with quote

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