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Lawrence Faitani

T/5 in 23rd Headquarters Co

Military occupational specialty: 345 (truck driver, light)


Born 1924 in RI, Died 1988

County of residence at enlistment: Washington County, RI
Other residence(s): Westerly, RI
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-A, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945;

Lawrence Faitani was born on Leap Day, February 29, 1924, in Westerly, Rhode Island. He was one of seven children; his parents were both born in Italy and his father worked as a mason.

Lawrence was still in high school in 1940, and by the time he registered for the draft in June, 1942, he was working at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. (EB built 74 submarines for the Navy during World War II.)

Lawrence enlisted on April 6, 1943. He was hospitalized in a military hospital in July, 1944 for an abscess and cellulitis. He was released from the Army with the rank of T/5 on November 5, 1945.

He returned to Westerly and by 1948 was working at the Modern Service Station.

He married Irene Tefft and they had two children.

In 1958 he was working as an oiler, and in 1962 he was working for Bradford Builders.

He died in Westerly on June 25, 1988, and is buried at River Bend Cemetery in Westerly.


1940 census

1942 draft card

1943 enlistment record

1944 WW2 hospitalization record

1948 Westerly city directory

1951 Providence Journal article; mentions his employment (clipping attached)

1962 Westerly city directory

1988 Find a Grave record

1988 VA death record

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