I woke up last night and checked my phone to see what time it was. I also checked my gmail and noticed someone commented on one of my videos about Joe Cicchineli. It was his grandson saying Joe passed away some hours ago. It was 5 in the morning, and confused as I was, I went to bed with some disbelief. A couple of hours later my alarm went off and it was time to get out of bed. I immediately checked the internet and found out that Joe indeed passed away at the age of 91.
Four years ago was the first time I heard about Joe. His story was featured on a dutch metal detecting forum by one of the members who visited Joe every year. Joe Cicchinelli was a paratrooper in 551st Parachute Infantry Batallion of the 82nd Airborne Division. He took part in Operation Dragoon on the southern coast of France, and tried to stop the German advance during the Battle of the Bulge.
Joe was taken Prisoner on January 15th, 1945 while guarding the wounded. He and his friend Larry Poston planned to join their company in the attack on Rochelinval after they had evacuated the wounded. They would never see the company again.
This is a small tribute to Joe Cicchineli. I’m working on a much bigger article about Joe for the 70th anniversary of the Batlle of the Bulge, which will probably be released some weeks before the anniverary.
My website is made to inspire people to pass on the history of the greatest Generation. Ever since I knew of Joe’s story I tried to pass it down to other people.
Joe made his final jump last night and I hope he may Rest In Peace.
For Joe’s complete story visit: http://www.joecicchinelli.com/