PARAMARINES Cona, Angelo Mario

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Cona
  • FORENAME
Angelo Mario ("Charlie")
  • UNIT
former 1 Marine Parachute Regiment (Company G)
  • RANK
1st Lieutenant
  • NUMBER
0-16788
  • DATE OF DEATH
22nd February 1945
  • AGE
27
  • GRAVESITE
Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Plot St. Raymond, Section RAYM, Row 1, Plot 67
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
resided Brooklyn, New York
born 03.11.1917, Brooklyn, New York, USA
father Paolo Cona (1888-1956)
mother Petronilla Cona (????-1984)
Next of kin - Parents. Mr & Mrs Paul Cona, 354 14th Street, Brooklyn, New York
KIA Iwo Jima (3rd Bn, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division)
posthumous Navy Cross
 

DATE OF DEATH:

22-Feb-1945

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Angelo M. Cona (MCSN: 0-16788), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader attached to Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 22 February 1945. Realizing the urgency of the situation when his platoon, already decimated, was pinned down in assault by hostile machine-gun barrages from a pillbox located on commanding ground to his front, First Lieutenant Cona, ordering his men to follow, rushed the pillbox through a hail of Japanese bullets, firing at the embrasure as he ran and drawing to himself the brunt of the hostile fire until he fell, mortally wounded. By his courage, he enabled his platoon to advance and capture the enemy position, thereby contributing materially to his company's success in that area. His bold initiative, loyal devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Cona and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/7785
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