Charles A. DiValerio lived in Wayne Pennsylvania on 251 Highland Avenue and went to Radnor High School for one year. He started service in World War II on January 13, 1943 and his service serial number was 33, 479, 958.
Mr. DiValerio was in the 121st Infantry, 8th Division. The unit was activated in January 1918 but did not engage in combat during World War I and returned to the United States. The division was activated again on July 1, 1940 at Camp Jackson in South Carolina as part of the build-up of military forces before the United States entered World War II. The division then saw extensive action in the European Theatre of Operations.
Mr. DiValerio’s division went overseas on December 5, 1943 and he died on August 13, 1944 in France. He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France in Block H, Row 17, Grave 16. The cemetery contains the remains of 4,410 World War II American soldiers, who mostly lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944.
Charles was honored with a Purple Heart medal, which is a military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed in action.