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Purple Heart Returned To Dunmore Family After A Series Of Coincidences

BY JEFF HORVATH, STAFF WRITERMay 27, 2019

Army Pvt. Louis J. Cipriano’s parents never saw their son return from World War II, but they received the letters and postcards he sent home to the Bunker Hill section of Dunmore.

In one note, scrawled around Christmastime 1942, on stationery adorned with prints of holly and poinsettia, Cipriano assured his parents the worst part of being in the Army — “getting them needles” — was over. In March 1943, Cipriano was shipped overseas, where he participated in the Italian Campaign and helped Allied forces wrest the island of Sicily from Italian and German control. A faithful Catholic, Cipriano survived Sicily and “was in a couple of battles and came out without a scratch,” he wrote in an Aug. 20, 1943, letter to the Rev. Louis Pilati of St. Rocco’s Church in Dunmore.

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