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Adolph Francis "Ralph" Maglio

PFC in 23rd Headquarters Co

Military occupational specialty: 521 (basic, administration)


Born 1916 in MA, Died 2012


County of residence at enlistment: Suffolk County, MA
Other residence(s): East Boston, MA; South Boston, MA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
College education before the war: Boston College 4 years
Notes: birth name Adolfo Angenio Maglio
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-A, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945;; photo from 1939 Boston College yearbook

Ralph Maglio was born "Adolfo Angenio Maglio" on August 1, 1916 in Boston MA, the youngest of eight children. His father was a laborer for a contractor, and both of his parents had been born in Italy.

From 1937-1939, Ralph studied at Boston College, graduating with a degree in classics and/or philosophy in 1939. (He had transferred to BC as a junior.) When he registered for the draft, on October 16, 1940, he gave his name as "Adolph Francis Maglio", but a handwritten note on the back of his draft card says: "registrant uncertain of legality of first name."

He enlisted on March 23, 1942, was assigned to the 23rd Headquarters Company, and served with the unit in Europe during the war. He was discharged from the Army with the rank of PFC and returned to Boston.

Little else is known of his life and/or work. He was living in East Boston in the late 1990s, and in South Boston prior to his death. He died on July 4, 2012 and is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA.


1939 Boston College yearbook (see link below)


1916 birth record

1920 census

1930 census

1939 Boston College yearbook (contains 14 Dacia St. address)

1940 draft card

1942 enlistment record

1956 mother's death notice in the Boston Globe (14 Dacia St. address confirms that Adolph used “Ralph” as his first name),0.28833535,0.36027533,0.3259303&xid=3355&_ga=2.239223812.600155408.1636143501-2136947627.1636143501

2011 BC Alumni Magazine class notes

2012 Social Security death index

2012 Find a Grave record

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