Pasquale, Anthony V.

Anthony V. Pasquale U.S. Army WWII
Anthony V. Pasquale U.S. Army WWII

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Date of Birth: 9/24/1924
Died On: 5/29/2000
Street Address: 34 Elizabeth St.
Service Number: 32273760
Branch of Service: U.S. Army - 100th Infantry Divison

Veteran Code: USARMY-489

Anthony V. Pasquale

Anthony V. Pasquale was born September 24, 1924, Mr. Pasquale was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Bucco Pasquale. He had eight brothers and sisters, Jerry, Mary, Frank, Rocco, Angelina, William, Jane and Joseph. In Rye his family lived at 34 Elizabeth St. and were members of the Church of the Resurrection. Anthony attended Rye schools and was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1942.

He enlisted in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Anthony served in the US Army 100th Infantry Divison during WWII from 1943-1946.

In December 1944, Anthony's division went on the offensive in the vicinity of Bitche, France. The division occupied the nearby areas of Wingen and Lemberg after fierce fighting on 6–10 December. The division then advanced to Reyersviller, which fell after fighting on 11–13 December.

On 14 December, regiments from the 100th started their assault on a minor fortification Freundenburg and Fort Schiesseck, a major defensive work in the region. Fort Freundenburg was captured on 17 December by the 100th division's 398th Infantry Regiment.

Fort Schiesseck capitulated after three more days of heavy assault by the 100th on 20 December. The division was ordered to halt its attack and to hold defensive positions south of Bitche as part of the Seventh Army during the Battle of the Bulge.

Thanks to a stout defense, the men of the 100th later became known as the "Sons of Bitche". The German counterattacks of 1 and 8–10 January 1945 were repulsed, after heavy fighting at Bitche. After further attacks stalled and the Germans began to withdraw, the sector was generally quiet and the division prepared to resume its offensive east.

The division took 13,351 enemy prisoners of war on its own. Members of the division won three Medals of Honor, seven Distinguished Service Crosses, five Legions of Merit, 492 Silver Star Medals, 23 Soldier's Medals, 5,156 Bronze Star Medals, and 90 Air Medals. Anthony's division itself was awarded three campaign streamers for participation in the campaign.

After the war he was a letter carrier, working 35 years for the Rye Post Office. Anthony also worked for many years at the golf shop of the Appawamis Club. He was a member of the local V.F.W., and served over 25 years as a member of the Rye Volunteer Fire Department. Anthony spent many years volunteering as a team manager for the Babe Ruth League, and was a lifelong parishoner at Resurrection Church.

He retired to Lake Park, FL in 1992, prior to that he was a lifelong resident of Rye.

Anthony V. Pasquale died May 29, 2000 at the VIP Care Pavillion in Margate, FL.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Mary Ellen Huestis Pasquale, five children Jeff Pasquale, Linda Pasquale, Richard Pasquale, Lauren Pasquale and Jerry Pasquale, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family members who died earlier in include 8 brothers and sisters, Jerry Pasquale, Mary Pasquale, Frank Pasquale, Rocco Pasquale, Angelina Bochicchio, William Pasquale, Jane Morano and Joseph Pasquale.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Resurrection Church and Interment followed at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, NY.
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