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Anthony Joseph Cipriano

PFC in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co D, HQ Platoon


Born 1915 in PA, Died 2010


County of enlistment: Philadelphia, PA
Other residence(s): Philadelphia, PA in 1942; Westmount, P.O. Canada in 1998; Rego Park, NY
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: commercial artists
Notes: Formerly Co C
Source: 603rd Camouflage Engineer Roster provided by W. Anderson; 603rd reunion mailing list; Company D With Addresses Roster; Company C roster; Bernie Mason Company D Roster;Bernie Mason Company D Roster; Bernie Mason photo of Company D in Trier with names on back; 603rd Good Conduct Medal List, 6 July 1943

Anthony Cipriano was born on July 23, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of five children. When he registered for the draft, on October 16, 1940, he indicated that he was a commercial artist, and was working for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He enlisted on May 16, 1942; his enlistment forms state that he had two years of high school, and was working as a commercial artist. Like other New York and Philadelphia artists, he found himself in the 603rd Engineer Camouflage Battalion, and served in Europe with the unit.

He was discharged on October 24, 1945 with the rank of T/5.

On September 30, 1947 he married Virginia T. Koppie, a registered nurse, in Manhattan. He must have found work as a commercial artist in New York by that time, since the 1950 census shows the couple living in Rego Park, NY (a neighborhood of Queens) and Anthony working in advertising art.

The couple sailed to London on April 14, 1951 for a two-month stay in Europe; possibly this trip was like those that other artists from the Ghost Army took to further their art education. Anthony and Virginia returned at the end of June.

Sadly, nothing else is known of his life or work.

He died on February 4, 2010.


1940 draft card

1942 enlistment record

1947 marriage license index

1950 Pennsylvania US Veteran Compensation File

1950 census

1950-1993 US Public Records Index

1951 shipboard manifest (NYC to Southampton)*1jfd3om*_ga*MTQ5NDIzMDU2My4xNjU5OTE2NDk3*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2MDUwNzA1NC40LjEuMTY2MDUxMDk4Ny4w&pId=4511453

1951 UK & Ireland incoming passenger list

1951 shipboard manifest (Cobh, Ireland to NYC)*chgw5g*_ga*MTQ5NDIzMDU2My4xNjU5OTE2NDk3*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2MDU2NDc3Mi41LjEuMTY2MDU2NDgwNS4w

2010 Social Security death index*w9tzyf*_ga*MTQ5NDIzMDU2My4xNjU5OTE2NDk3*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2MDUwNzA1NC40LjEuMTY2MDUxMDI2Ny4w

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