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John Veleno Military Service Portrait


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John Veleno Military Service Portrait


John N. Veleno
PFC United States Army
A Company
12th Infantry
4th Division

Born: 1910
Died: Aug 9, 1944

John enlisted in February 1941 at Fort Devens. He was home on a short furlough, visiting his parents at 2 Colbert Avenue in August 1943. He then returned to Fort Benning, GA, having served for three and a half years. He was 34 years old.

John was wounded on June 7, 1944, the second day of the Normandy invasion. He has hospitalized, recovered, and returned to combat duty. He was killed in action near
Mortain, France and was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

The family received notification from the War Department shortly before the 31st of August 1944 issue of the Maynard Enterprise was run. PFC Veleno was reported as the 12th man to die from Maynard. John is survived by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and a son John N. Jr.

The Maynard Enterprise dated, Thursday, July 27, 1944 reported that Private Nicholas A. Veleno (John’s brother), previously listed as missing in action, was now thought to be a prisoner of war in Germany. Numerous locals claimed to have heard via a short wave broadcast, that someone stated that he was Nicholas Veleno of 13 Glendale Street, Maynard, Massachusetts, and that he was now a prisoner of war in Germany. His health was good, and the food was good.

John is buried in Brittany, France (H-13-17).

The portrait is on display in the Maynard Veterans' Wall of Honor in the Soup Campbell Room, Lower Level of Maynard Town Hall.




Description researched and provided by Andrew Mitzcavitch
See 2019.155

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Framed Photo 8x10

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches