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PFC Floren Laface 1924~1945
April 1945 | Po Valley, Italy
Floren Laface was born on 06 June 1924 in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, the son of Italian Immigrants, Joseph and Constance Laface. Floren had two older brothers, Faustino, and Jerome; three older sisters, Caroline, Helen, and Rose; and a younger sister, Mary. The Laface family were devoted members of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Norwalk. Floren attended the Norwalk Public Schools, graduating from Norwalk High School in 1943.
On the 21st of October 1943, Floren Enlisted in the U.S. Army at the Toledo, Ohio Enlistment Center. After training, he was assigned to the 361st Infantry of the 91st Division, and was sent overseas to Italy in April of 1944, to join the Allied Battle to free Italy, his parents' Motherland, from the terror and horrors of Dictactorship.
Floren was wounded twice in battle, the first time in May of 1944. He was hospitalized, recovered, and returned to his duties as an infantryman. In the battles of October of 1944, Floren suffered a chest wound, again requiring hospitalization and once again returned to duty following his recovery. During his service, he was promoted to the rank of PFC, Private First Class; and was awarded the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
PFC Floren Laface was KILLED IN ACTION on the 29th of April 1945, during the Po Valley, Italy Campaign. His remains were returned to his family in the United States, and he is buried in the St. Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery, in his hometown of Norwalk, Ohio. He was just 20 years old, 6 weeks shy of his 21st birthday.
NEVER FORGET PFC Floren Laface's Service and Sacrifice.
1945 | Italy
Memorial American 361st Infantry 91st Division
(Italy - Tuscany - Tavarnuzze)
This memorial commemorates the fights of the American 361st Infantry 91st Division
and the comrades who fell. It was located at the Futa-pass.
Later on it was replaced to Florence American Cemetery.
1944~1945 | Italy
The "91st Division" history was a 94-page booklet published by the 91st Division during the last months of the war for distribution to the soldiers and their families. This booklet gives a good overview of the history of the 91st Division with details about places and events. The booklet contained photos and sketched maps, which are not included.
The history of the 91st is quite different than the ones for the 85th Division and the 1st Armored Division. The History of the 91st seems to be bragging a lot about being "first" to reach certain objectives. Some of these "firsts" occurred because they were the ones assigned this objective and not because their performance was better than other units. Also, the 91st Division arrived later than many of the other divisions, which meant it was a fresh unit and it was only in combat for 4 months when the book ends.
The booklet ends with the capture of Livergnano at the Gothic Line defense in October 1944. The remainder of the combat history was omitted so the booklet could be published. The 91st Division would continue service in Italy as part of the 5th Army. It performed outstanding service during the Po Valley Campaign in April 1945, which saw the collapse of the German resistance in Italy.
The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) was established by the War Department on 27 October 1943. Lieutenant General Lesley J. McNair, then the Army Ground Forces Commanding General, was instrumental in it's creation. he originally recommended that it be called the "fighter badge".
The CIB was designed to enhance morale and the prestige of the "Queen of Battle". then Secretary of War Henry Stinson said " It is high time we recognize in a personal way the skill and heroism of the American Infantry".Of all soldiers, it was recognized that the infantryman continuously operated under the worst conditions and performed a mission which was not assigned to any other soldier or unit. The infantry, a small portion of the total Armed Forces, was suffering the most casualties while receiving the least public recognition. General Marshall's well known affinity for the ground forces soldier, and in particular, the infantryman. All these factors led to the establishment of the CIB, an award which would provide special recognition of the unique role of the Army infantryman, the only soldier whose daily mission is to close with and destroy the enemy and seize and hold terrain. The badge was intended as an inducement for individuals to join the infantry while serving as a morale booster for infantrymen serving in the theater.
The 1943 War Department circular required infantrymen to demonstrate "satisfactory performance of duty in action against the enemy". The operative words "in action" connoted actual combat. A war Department determination in October 1944 specified that "action against the enemy" for purposes of the award of the CIB was to be interpreted as "ground combat against enemy ground forces".
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.
1924-1945 | Norwalk, Huron Co., OHIO
18 April 1930 Census/Norwalk/Huron Co./Ohio/Roll: 1823/ED-22/Page: 21A
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Laface/45/Married/Italyx3/immigration-1901/Laborer/RR Section
Living at 99 Jefferson Street
World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 - 1946
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 35294136 35294136
NAME LAFACE#FLOREN########### LAFACE#FLOREN###########
RESIDENCE: STATE 53 OHIO
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 077 HURON
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 5384 TOLEDO OHIO
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 21 21
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 10 10
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment
BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 53 OHIO
YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 3 3 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 992 Undefined Code
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0919 0919
FILM REEL NUMBER 3.341 3.341
U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Floren Laface
Cemetery Name: Ohio
Disposition: According to next of kin
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Service Number: 35294136
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Floren Laface Huron County, OH U.S. Army National Archives
PFC Floren Laface ID: 35294136
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Huron County, OH
Birth: Jun. 6, 1924
Death: Apr. 29, 1945
Burial: Saint Pauls Cemetery
Norwalk. Huron County, Ohio, USA
Created by: brenda
Record added: Aug 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40827273