Sgt.John Charles Brancato entered the Service in January 1941
He was among the first soldiers to land in Africa with the United States Expeditionary Force participating in the Allied Invasion in N. Africa where his jeep was dive bombed and he suffered serious injuries and burns.
Nov 8th 1942 on Thanksgiving day he entered Walter Reed Hospital for 6 months.
November 8th 1942
This is his story:
The African Campaign
We were in action within five minutes after we set foot on the beach. Our mission was to break through the enemy lines and continue on to Casablanca, where other American troops were landing. We met plenty of opposition.
It took us 72 hrs to break through. We didn't sleep or eat a regular meal during that time. We just fought.
Story Continued by Ginny Brancato (daughter)
The two corporals with him were killed and he was thrown 20' with his clothes on fire trying to roll out the fire . He saw a sniper coming at him with a gun. He threw a knife. He blacked out. Four hours later he was rescued and on a war ship heading back to the US ..he was badly wounded and for awhile blind from the gunfire.
He learned that 21 of his buddies he was with only 4 including himself survived. It was Thanksgiving and the nurse said you have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.
God Bless you..My Father
What would you have thought when the terrorist drove the planes into the WTC. You were a true soldier, you fought the enemy face to face.You wore your scars proudly for the USA and for our freedom.
What would you have thought of the wars today? Of cowarldy men blowing themselves up,using women and children, hiding in caves.
We pray for World Peace..
To My Father.
How proud I am of all you are..all you were. You are my "Johnny Ace". I will never forget you. Until we meet again.
Daddy, how I miss you after all these years. You were my hero, my Prince. I searched for you my entire adult life..
There was only one special "You". Your legacy lives on.
Visit our Beloved Mother
DADDY DID YOU FIND HER..Did you find my Fifi
I told her if she needed to go on she could, but oh how I would miss her. I told her you would be waiting for her. She never met you but she knew what to look for because she and I had so many conversations about you Daddy. I know that once you spoke she would recognize the warmth in your voice, the warmth I miss after all these years..She would know you. Kiss her for me and love her until we are together again.
Sgt.John Ventura Brancato-son
Annette Attanasio- Daughter
Kimberly Ann Brancato
Dena Marie Brancato
Great Great Grandson