|Creator:||Anderson, A. Baldridge|
|Title:||Mrs. Alyce Baldridge Anderson collection|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)|
Paul V. Gentile, 81, who put his youth on hold during World War II to help storm the beaches of Normandy, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at Belmont Manor Nursing Center after a long illness. Born Paul Vincent on Oct. 17, 1925 to Biagio Gentile and Mary (Guaragna) Gentile of Belmont, he earned the nickname "Lucky Gentile" while serving as a jeep driver in the U.S. Army Amphibious Engineers - an apparent reference to his knack for steering superior officers out of harm's way. Mr. Gentile left Belmont High School to serve in the U.S. Army. He spent 10 months in Europe, including the Allied invasion at Normandy in June 1944, and was stationed for a time in the Pacific Theater before the end of the war. A half century later, as he and other veterans were being honored for having to leave school in service of their country, Belmont High officially awarded his diploma. Bedford Minuteman, February 14, 2007 (Retrieved August 6, 2009)
Savo Vukomanovich was a member of the United States Air Force.
The collection consists of letters of correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, military pins and medals, and miscellaneous items all relating to World War II. Some of the correspondence is written by Frank Messing, Lt. Savo Vukomanovich, and Paul Gentile. The photos are of random soldiers and the medals belong to random G.I.s.
Arranged by record type.
Mrs. Alyce Baldridge Anderson collection, 1939-1945. MS 2728. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.