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 Cosma Laface. Floren had two older brothers, Fortunatum (also called Forch or Frank by family and friends), and Jerome; three older sisters, Caroline, Helen, and Rose; a younger sister, Mary; and a younger brother, Carl. Floren's brother, Jerome was hit by a car and died in September 1930. 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 Two Purple Hearts, 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.