Bletchley Park: The Secret Archives
By Sinclair McKay, Bletchley Park
Ticking Clock
By Noel Cashford

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Vieceli
  • FORENAME
Livio
  • UNIT
U.S.Army OSS 2677 Special Reconnaissance Regiment (Company D)
  • RANK
Technical Sergeant
  • NUMBER
33037797
  • DATE OF DEATH
26th March 1944
  • AGE
27
  • GRAVESITE
Florence American Cemetery, Italy Plot D Row 2 Grave 38
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Biddle, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
born 13.05.1916 Biddle, North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania
son of Angelo (1884-1959) Angelina (nee Marsiglio) Vieceli (1888-1976)
graduated high school
draftsman in civilian life
employed by Penna Railroad, Pittstburgh, Pennsylvania
single without dependents upon enlistment
16.10.1940 draft card Manor, Pennsylvania
entered service 29.4.1941 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Next of kin - Father. Mr. Angelo Vieceli, Biddle, PO Box 301, Manor, Pennsylvania
award Silver Star
POW 24.3.1944 - executed Punta Bianca, Italy (Mission Ginny II)
OSS Memorial, CIA HQ, McLean, Virginia
 

DATE OF DEATH:

26-Mar-1944

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/vieceli-livio.36078/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Technical Sergeant Livio Vieceli (ASN: 33037797), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 2677th Company, Office of Strategic Services, in action against the enemy on the nights of 22 and 23 March 1944 in the European Theater of Operations. Technical Sergeant Vieceli was a member of an operational group consisting of two officers and 13 enlisted men, whose mission it was to land behind the enemy's lines and demolish or block an important railway tunnel. Despite the announcement by the Germans that all Allied saboteurs captured behind the lines would be executed, Technical Sergeant Vieceli volunteered for this hazardous duty. To avoid detection, landing boats had returned to Corsica after putting the raiders ashore. Plans were to pick up the saboteurs the subsequent night, upon completion of the mission. Two attempts were made by pursuit torpedo boats to retrieve the party, both of them unsuccessful. Later, information was received that the party had been captured and no precise accounts were receive until 1946 when it was learned that the group had been brutally executed four days after it had landed. The soldier's graves were located and all 15 men were found buried together with their hands bound behind them. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Prisoner Of War Medal : Technical Sergeant Livio Vieceli (ASN: 33037797), United States Army, was captured by German forces during a mission behind enemy lines in Italy on 23 March 1944, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his execution in captivity on or about 27 March 1944.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/113766

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55894715/livio-vieceli
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